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Spring 2002 

ume 51 Number 1 

<KMa g a z i n e for 

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Biomedical sciences celebrate 
important milestones 

It's been 50 years since VCU awarded its first Ph.D. in biomedical 
sciences (through the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology). 
Advanced degree education in the biomedical sciences at VCU dates 
back to the 1930s with the first master's level degree awarded by 
MCV in 1936. At the end of this academic year, VCU anticipates 
awarding its 2,000th advanced biomedical sciences degree, including 
doctorates, master's degrees and certificates. By 2003, Dr. Jan F. 
Chlebowski, associate dean for graduate education in the VCU 
School of Medicine, projects 1,000 Ph.Ds will have been awarded 
in the biomedical sciences, with master's degrees reaching the same 
level by 2004. 

"The intimate relationship of advanced degree training and the 
mission of research and scholarship are something we all recognize," 
explains Chlebowski. "Approaching and surpassing these milestones 
can provide a focal point for the enhancement of the infrastructure 
that will sustain these missions in the future." 

Gifted teachers 

Two alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University's MCV Campus 
were recognized for excellence in teaching by the VCU School of 
Medicine in October 2001. 

Cesar I. Kanamori '94MD received the Irby- 
James Award in Clinical Teaching which recog- 
nizes superior teaching in clinical medicine taught 
in the last two years of medical school and residency 
training. Kanamori is an assistant professor in the 
VCU Department of Internal Medicine. He estab- 
lished a VCU resident rotation in the Dominican 
Republic that serves the island's indigent citizens. 
He also precepts regularly at the Fan Free Clinic and 
is faculty advisor for the internal medicine student 
interest group, Club Med. "Less obvious from this 
list of accomplishments is the genuine devotion Dr. Kanamori 
inspires in his students and the residents," wrote Dr. Steven D. Freer, 
director of the VCU Internal Medicine Residency Program. "He is 
consistently cited for the time and effort he puts into making the 
experience of inpatient medicine exciting and intellectually stimulating 
for students and residents alike." 

The School of Medicine presented Caroline G. Jackson 

'73PhD/M with an Outstanding Departmental 
Teacher Award in Health Sciences Education 
for her work in the Department of Anatomy. 
Dr. Jackson began her career on VCU's MCV 
Campus in 1946 as a biology assistant, and has 
taught in the Department of Anatomy since 
1972. She retired in 1996, but continues to teach 
part-time as emeritus associate professor. Over 
the years, she has received numerous awards for 
her excellent teaching abilities, including the 
School of Dentistry's award for Outstanding 
Professor of Basic Sciences in 1992. 

"She is a remarkable woman who has provided continuous service 
to the institution and the department with a sense of grace and dedi- 
cation," says Dr. John T. Povlishock, chair and professor of the 
Department of Anatomy. "All of her efforts have been focused on 
delivering outstanding lectures to her students and providing them 
with excellent supporting materials." 

Alumni Recognized at 
2001 Founders Day Dinner 

mt ilHi f Ti ml 

Alumni Stars at the Founders Day dinner and awards ceremony held 
in November 200 1 at the Country Club of Virginia. Back row: James 
Lester '62BS/B, Rex Ellis '74BFA, Daniel Jarboe '88Ph.D./M-BH, 
Rodney Klima '74DDS, Preston Hale '72BS/P, Norman Ende 
'47MD, Milton Ende '43MD. Front row: Cynthia Garris 
'71BS(OT)/AH, Jo Lynne DeMary '72MEd, Janice Meek 
'83MS/H&S, Katharine Webb '73MSW. 


Dear Joan [Tupponce]: 

I absolutely loved the way the article turned out! You did a terrific 

job. It couldn't have been better. Thank you so much for the 

wonderful work. 

With warm regards, 
Bob Quarles '79BS/P 

Ms. Tupponce was the author of a profile on Dr. Quarles in our Fall 
2001 issue. 

Know an alumnus with an inspiring story or have an idea for an article 
that would be interesting to MCV Campus alumni? Share it with us! 
We're always looking for great story ideas. Call the MCV Alumni 
Association at (804) 828-3900, fax us at (804) 828-4594 or e-mail us 

Do you have feedback for us? Write to Scarab Editor, P.O. Box 
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Grand Rounds 


Vital Signs 

Spring 2002 

Volume 51 
Number 1 

Executive Editor 

Lou Brooks '77BFA/A 


Kathv Davi 

Art Director 

McGinnis ' 

Grand Rounds 

In Memory 
Sally lone 

Michaelann Gr 

Vital Signs 

M C V A 1 u m n 

s s o c i a t i o n 

VCD Staff 

Keith Braxton 

Lynn Dowdy 

Michaelann G reene- Russell '91BS/B 

Ann N e 1 m s 

Barbara Pay ton '83/ MC 

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© 2002 Medical College of Virginia Alumni 
Association of Virginia Commonwealth 
University, P.O. Box 980156, Richmond, 
VA 23298-0156 (804) 828-3900; 
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Scarab is the official magazine of the Medical 
College of Virginia Alumni Association of 
Virginia Commonwealth University. 
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University 


Officers of the 


MCV Alumni 

Association of VCU 

VCU Pride 

Shines Through 

Rebecca P. Snead '85BS/P 

Alumni Stars 

Rebecca T. Perdue '62BS(CLS)/AH 



Ruth Clemo '81PhD/M-BH 


What's in a Name? 

Patricia B. Bernal '80BS'91MS/N 

Plenty, according to Medical College 

of Virginia Campus alumni and 

Bruce R. DeGinder '88DDS 

Assistant Treasurer 

President Irani 




Hugh E. Aaron '88MHA 

Allied Health 


Becky Snead 

Mary Snyder Shall '91PhD/M-BH 

Basic Health Sciences 

Takes Charge 

Richard D. Barnes 77DDS 

MCV Alumni Association's 


newly elected president 

Mariann H. Johnson 78MD 



Corinne F. Dorsey '54C65BS/N 



Marianne R. Rollings '63BS/P 

To Hell and Back 


A nurse shares her struggle with 

addiction and how she reached the 

road to recovery 

Board of Trustees 

Term Expiring 2004 


Russell Bogacki* '97DDS 


George W. Burke 70MD 

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Bronwyn McDaniels Burnham '89BS/P 

Finding the Gift 

Jane K. Garber '52BS/N 

Barry V. Kirkpatrick '66MD 

that Fits 

Tim McGranahan '00BS/N 

Sandra P. Welch '87PhD/M-BH 


Term Expiring 2003 

Frank D. Bruni 77MS/M-BH'82DDS 

Edward A. Cary '88BS/P 

The Doctor is 

Ruth Clemo '81 PhD/M-BH 
Paul D. Harvey '80DDS 

Always In 

VCU Hospitalists Focus 

Caroll R. Throckmorton '91BS/P 

June H. Turnage '59BS71MS/N 
Jane Pendleton Wootton '65MD 

on Inpatient Medicine 

Term Expiring 2002 

Lou Oliver Brooks 77BFAM'82BS(PT)/AH 


Rosemary C. Check '81MHA 


Shirley S. Craig 72MS79PhD/M-BH 

Ann S. Hardy '99BS/N 

September 1 1 

Mariann H. Johnson 78MD 

VCU's MCV Campus Moves into 
Action in the Midst of Mourning 

John Scott Kittrell '82DDS 

James T. May III 73MD 
Elizabeth C. Reynolds '91DDS 

Joyce Sheridan '98BS(CLS)/AH 

Monica M. Walton '93BS'98MS(RC)/AH 

Cover Photography by Allen Jones 

Amy L. Whitaker '98DPHA 

VCU Media Production Services 

VCU Pride Shines Through Alumni Stars 

Janice Meck PhD '83MS 
College of Humanities 
and Sciences 

Head of NASA's cardiovascular research lab. 
More than fifty publications and presentations, 
from MIT to the German Space Agency. 
2001 Rotary National Award for Space 
Achievement, "the Academy Awards of the 
space industry." In 2000, Presidential Early 
Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 
with $200,000 grant. 

Colonel Daniel Jarboe '88PhD 
School of Medicine 
(Basic Health Sciences) 

Commander of Walter Reed Army Institute 
of Research, the largest medical research 
facility in the Department of Defense. Over- 
sees research in infectious diseases, combat 
casualty medicine, operational medicine, 
and medical, chemical and biological 
defense. Has served in posts from Brazil to 
Bangkok. Diplomate of American College 
of Veterinary Microbiology and American 
College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. 

Rex Marshall Ellis Ed.D. '74BFA 
School of the Arts 

Vice President for the Historic Area at 
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 
Chair and curator of the Division of 
Cultural History at the Smithsonian 
Museum of American History, 1998-2001. 
He has written two books and lectured 
on African-American history and story- 
telling in the U.S., South Africa, France 
and New Zealand. 

Jo Lynne S. DeMary Ed.D '72MEd 
School of Education 

First woman superintendent of instruction 
for the Virginia Department of Education 
2000. Henrico County Schools' director of 
special education 1981, assistant superinten- 
dent of instruction 1988. Past member 
of VCU Alumni Association Board, member 
of VCU School of Education Dean's Council. 
Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award 
1998, National Network Leadership Award 
1 999 from Jobs for America's Graduates, 
Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award 2000 
from Virginia Women Educators. 

Milton Ende '43MD 
Norman Ende '47MD 
School of Medicine 

In 2001, Scientific American acknowledged 
brothers Milton and Norman Ende as 
the first researchers to prove that umbilical 
cord blood could be clinically useful — 30 
years ago. Milton brought one of the 
first dialysis machines in the country to 
Petersburg, Virginia. 

Norman is professor of pathology, past 
chief of clinical pathology and past 
director of Tissue Typing Laboratory of 
the University of Medicine and Dentistry 
of New Jersey. Authored and co-authored 
nearly 100 articles and 36 abstracts. 
(seepage 31, The Ende Brothers: Original 
Pioneers in Cord Blood Research) 

A record-breaking 410 fellow alumni, family and friends celebrated some of VCU's brightest alumni 
at the Alumni Stars awards dinner on November 16 at the Country Club of Virginia. 

Rodney Klima, '74DDS 
School of Dentistry 

Boards of the American Dental Association 
Political Action Committee and the Virginia 
Dental Association. Member of International 
College of Dentists and American College of 
Dentists, fellow of the Virginia Dental Associ- 
ation. Walter Reed Army Medical Center cleft 
palate team for 14 years. Active fundraiser for 
School of Dentistry's Philips Institute of Oral 
and Craniofacial Molecular Biology. 

James C. Lester '62BS 
School of Business 

Certified Chartered Life Underwriter. 
Designated a Chartered Financial Consultant 
by American College. Member of Million 
Dollar Roundtable and Foundation. Founding 
member of the Five Million-Dollar Forum. 
Active in the National Association of Life 
Underwriters.Civic leader and past president 
of the Richmond Estate Planning Council and 
VCU Alumni Association. 

Cynthia Grudger G arris OTR '7 IBS 
School of Allied Health 

Founder of the Occupational Therapy 
Department at University of Virginia 
Hospital. Her business, Silver Ring Splint 
Company, manufactures custom designed 
finger splints of sterling silver and gold for 
customers like Michael Jordan, Julius Irving 
and a foreign prince. An international consul- 
tant on splint issues with three patents, has 
revolutionized splint therapy. 

Katherine M. Webb '73MSW 
School of Social Work 

President of the Virginia Hospital and 
Healthcare Association, executive vice 
president of the Virginia Hospital Research 
and Education Foundation, and executive 
secretary of HOSPAC. Helped develop 
Virginia's state health facilities plan, worked 
with legislature developing hospice programs 
and revising health planning law. Advocated 
and implemented children's health insurance 
program in Virginia, helped organize Virginia 
Coalition on Children's Health. 

L. Preston Hale, R.Ph. '72BS 
School of Pharmacy 

Created Compute-Rx Pharmacy System, 
one of the first computer programs for phar- 
macists. Later developed a full service long- 
term care pharmacy management system. 
As senior vice president of Institutional 
Systems for Compute-Rx (later CRX Pharmacy 
Systems), led development, marketing and 
support of its Long-Term Care and Inpatient 
Pharmacy Systems. Led sales as senior vice 
president of Marketing and Customer Rela- 
tions. Now Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager 
of all QS/1 applications. 

Susan Morales RN, MSN, HNC, 
CHTP/1 '71BS 
School of Nursing 

Nurse and Therapeutic Touch practitioner in 
the Oncology Medical Unit of Mount Sinai 
Hospital, Toronto (1980). An international 
consultant and educator in Therapeutic Touch 
and complementary therapies, taught in Eng- 
land, the Netherlands and the U.S. Past inter- 
national director for the American Holistic 
Nurse's Association, editorial board for Holistic 
Nursing Practice. Founding board member of 
Healing Touch International, founder and 
head of Healing Touch Canada, Inc. and the 
Canadian Healing Touch Foundation. 

What's in a Name? 

Plenty, according to Medical College of Virginia 
Campus alumni and President Trani 

By Dr. Hermes K o ntos 

VCU Campus Banners 



MCV Campus j 

Academic Campus 


ince the establishment of Virginia Com- 
monwealth University in 1968, the name of the 
University's health sciences' programs has been 
an unsettled matter for alumni, students and the 
University. The question turns on recognizing 
the traditions and pride of the MCV Campus 
while building VCU's name and reputation. 
Both contribute to attracting the dollars and 
faculty essential to building a top-level research 
and teaching institution. In my 42 years on the 
Medical College of Virginia Campus, I have had 
the opportunity to consider this issue from a 
variety of perspectives: first, as a resident and 
alumnus before the creation of VCU, and later 
as a member of the faculty, a department chair, 
and dean of the School of Medicine. For me, it 
comes down to what is in the long-term best 
interest of alumni and students. 

It's a question that President Trani has resolved not to pass along 
to his successor. His solution addresses both sides of a dilemma that 
has persisted for more than three decades, and a solution is essential if 
President Trani's vision for moving Virginia Commonwealth Univer- 
sity into the country's top echelon of public teaching and research 
universities is to be realized. Achieving that vision will benefit every 
sector of the University, especially alumni who possess the greatest 
stake in the institution's future. 

Today's hyper-competitive environment in the recruitment of 
students and faculty, application for government-supported research 
grants, and requests for gifts from private foundations and corporations 
demands that a university be recognized for all of its achievements. 
Institutional capability to provide the infrastructure and resources to 
support today's increasingly complex and expensive research is a key 
factor in securing major grants and gifts. 

Yet, examples abound of confusion or lack of recognition arising 
from a profusion of names being associated with the schools and 
departments on the MCV Campus. For example, it has often been 
the case that in professional journals, the affiliations of MCV Campus 
faculty authors have been stated differently such that it is virtually 
impossible to realize that their research originates from the same 
institution. Or, consider the example of the University's six primary 
care residencies located across Virginia. Until early 2001, when "VCU" 
was included in the names of these residencies, the contributions of 
these sites' 108 residents to Virginia communities and citizens went 
mostly unrecognized. Such confusion shortchanges the achievements 
of our outstanding faculty and students. 

The process of increasing public identity is called "branding." In 
VCU's case, it means building name recognition so there's an imme- 
diate association of all health care and science-related achievements 
with a single institution. The potential this holds to strengthen work 
being accomplished on the MCV Campus has increased several fold 
with the addition of VCU's newly-accredited School of Engineering, 
the University's new Life Sciences initiative, and the Rice Center's 350 
acres on the James River for scientific and environmental research 
and teaching. Collaborative efforts in biomedical engineering, biochip 
development, bioinformatics, genetic and cancer research, and 
numerous related areas have positioned the University to play a major 
role in advances in health care for years to come. But the full potential 
of these changes can only be realized if VCU researchers and students 
are recognized as a whole for their efforts. Reputation and support 
will grow based on the perception of University-wide excellence. 

Branding also means differentiating VCU from other universities. 
The Medical College of Virginia name continues to be confused by 
many outside the state with the University of Virginia. A typical 
example of such confusion is a clipping President Trani received that 
appeared in a South Carolina newspaper. It noted that a prominent 
Hilton Head resident had recently received a liver transplant at the 
University of Virginia's hospital in Richmond, Virginia. 

Placing all the MCV Campus schools and MCV Hospitals under 

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The Medical College of Virginia 
Campus's heritage and alumni pride 
is key to future growth. 

one umbrella creates the unified identity so vital to progress. All Uni- 
versity schools now bear the institution's name as part of their names. 
Thus the School of Medicine is the VCU School of Medicine, the 
School of Pharmacy is the VCU School of Pharmacy, and so on. MCV 
Hospitals and MCV Physicians fall under the VCU Health System. 

When used by researchers and authors in their publications and 
grant applications, listed in resumes, and employed in press releases 
and other media outlets, this branding builds a single, unambiguous 
identity that benefits everyone. 

To preserve the rich heritage of its contributions to health care, 
the Medical College of Virginia name will live on in four prominent 
and vital affiliates and components of the University: 

• The Medical College of Virginia Campus 

• The Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association of Virginia 
Commonwealth University 

• The Medical College of Virginia 

• Medical College of Virginia Hos- 
pitals and Physicians of the VCU 
Health System 

These names will be used in signage, 
letterhead, business cards, and publi- 
cations. "Medical College of Virginia 
Campus" will remain on the diplomas 
earned by students graduating from 
the campus's five schools. 

Preservation of the Medical College 
of Virginia name in these contexts 
recognizes the achievements and 
contributions of thirteen decades of 
health care education and research, 
patient care, alumni pride and support, 
and outreach into Richmond and 
Virginia. The Medical College of 

Virginia Campus's heritage and alumni pride is key to future growth. 
They will live on in the names of four prominent and vital components 
of the University. It will be continuously honored on the diplomas of 
new graduates. And, the MCV Alumni Association will be vigilant in 
supporting alumni pride and University awareness of this most 
important component of VCU's growth and strength. 

Dr. Kontos '62HS'67PhD/M-BH is the vice president for Health 
Sciences and chief executive officer of the VCU Health System. 

Some alumni perspectives 

As MCV Alumni Association president and working closely with state 
legislators in her role as executive director of the Virginia Pharmacists 
Association, Becky Snead '85BS/P is especially aware of the need to 
communicate. Alumni need to know VCU's vision for the future and 

I o preserve the rich heritage of its contributions to health 
care, the Medical College of Virginia name will live on in 
four prominent and vital affiliates and components of 
the University: 

■ The Medical College of Virginia Campus 

■ The Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association 
of Virginia Commonwealth University 

■ The Medical College of Virginia Foundation 

■ Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Physicians 
of the VCU Health System 

These names will be used in signage, letterhead, business 
cards, and publications. "Medical College of Virginia 
Campus" will remain on the diplomas earned by students 
graduating from the campus's five schools. 

why the name is such a critical part of that vision. Their involvement 
and support are critical. 

"The University has positioned itself to continue its excellence. 
It's building an extremely strong identity, to push harder and further 
than we ever dreamed." MCV alumni, she believes, "are thirsty to 
know VCU's vision and to buy into it. They just need to know why 
changes are necessary to achieve it." She's pleased President Trani is 
sharing his vision with MCV campus alumni. She sums it up "MCV 
has a strong history, a rich heritage. VCU is the future. How we tran- 
sition is the key." 

Dr. Kathy Bobbin '56BS/N, the MCV Alumni Association's 
immediate past president, was key in strengthening the communica- 
tions link. After hearing Dr. Trani two years ago at reunion weekend 
explain his philosophy and pledge to preserve the MCV name, she 
saw how alumni who heard him rallied to the vision. Yet, as association 
president, she also heard the fears and 
frustrations of alumni who loved their 
school and were devoted to preserving 
its name and reputation. Subsequently, 
she asked President Trani to meet with 
alumni leaders to confirm his commit- 
ment to preserving the MCV name. 
Out of that meeting grew the idea for 
the accompanying article on the 
name question. 

"That we're a University" Bobbitt 
explains, "is one of the greatest things 
that could've happened to us. That 
change embraces the past and is a step 
into the future. Of course the Associa- 
tion is concerned with our institution's 
name, but we recognize that where 
President Trani's vision is leading 
will benefit the whole." Anything, she 
believes, "we can do to make the University better, we want to be a 
part of that." 

"Speaking as a former association president," said Dr. John Doswell 
'79DDS, "we want to put to rest rumors that the MCV name will no 
longer be associated with the University." Most of the concerns he's 
heard from alumni stem from incomplete information. Especially proud 
of his fellow School of Dentistry alumni, among whom at least eleven 
have recently served as deans or school presidents, Doswell is confident 
that "the University knows that doing away with the MCV name would 
strip VCU of the opportunity to recognize 160+ years of rich tradition 
and thousands of graduates who have contributed to health care and 
research needs of the world." He knows Richmond alumni are aware of 
VCU's recent accomplishments and it's time to end the confusion over 
the name and "get the message out across the country." 

Sally Jones contributed to this sidebar. 

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Becky Snead takes charge 

By Sally Jones 

Snead even involves her four-year-old son, Robert, in as 
many of her MCVAA activities as possible and encourages 
other parents to do so as well. "I need him to understand 
what I'm doing, and it's good for him to get involved." Plans 
are underway for a new children's event at a reunion in the 
future to encourage even greater alumni participation. 


If there's one thing Rebecca "Becky" 
Parker Snead '85BS/P has learned 
during her 15-plus years in the health 
care industry, it's that you have to 
push the envelope to make great 
strides. As the MCV Alumni Associa- 
tion's newly elected president, she 
plans to put her creed to the test, 
challenging board members to look 
at the organization's mission and 
methods in a somewhat different light. 

"That's my gamble," she grins confidently. But in all seriousness, 
Snead says she is committed to preserving the association's history 
and tradition, while reevaluating some age-old practices. "It's my 
guess that some board members may not even know why it is we do 
some of the things the way we do them — they've been done the same 
way for so long without question. Don't get me wrong, though." 
Snead is quick to point out. "The alumni association has done an 
incredible job in the past, but every organization needs things stirred 
up a little now and then to keep moving forward." 

Snead's immediate goal is to take a fresh look at the association's 
practices and goals to determine if they are the best way to meet the 
organization's ultimate purpose. "By doing that, I think we will be 
able to improve membership and our contributions to the University," 
she says. "And I think each board member will become more vested 
in this organization and will in turn become leaders themselves. 
Every board member has so much to offer this institution." 

Pushing the envelope comes naturally to Snead, who for six 
years now has done just that in the state's pharmacy profession as 
the Virginia Pharmacists Association's executive director. She likens 

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very prou 


was on the cutting edge and was a 
true leader in health sciences." 

her work to that of a cheerleader. "Today's pharmacists are working 
under tremendous challenges, and my job is not only to make them 
feel good about what they're doing but also to try to make other 
people realize what opportunities they may have through partner- 
ships with pharmacy." 

As VPhA executive director, Snead also frequently wears the hat 
of lobbyist at the Virginia General Assembly and has gained invalu- 
able experience in fighting for health care and pharmacy legislation. 
She believes her experiences with the VPhA allow her to better 
understand the challenges and opportunities of a nonprofit organi- 
zation, such as the MCVAA. "I work with University lobbyists on a 
very close basis," says Snead, "so I feel I can relate to the University's 
priorities and can help share these with the association's board." 

A self-proclaimed small-town girl, Snead says when she first 
started looking into pharmacy schools, she was less than thrilled 
about coming to Richmond. After all, she had been raised on a 200- 
acre farm in rural Waverly, Va., for most of her life and worked after 
school in the independently owned community pharmacy for years. 
"I thought that as soon as I was done with school, I'd go right back 
home or somewhere else small." But since she graduated from the 
VCU School of Pharmacy in 1985, she has spent the majority of her 
time in and around Richmond. 

"I found very quickly that a big city like Richmond has many 
smaller communities, and you don't have to be in a small town to 
have that sense of community. I was and still am amazed at the sense 
of family that the pharmacy school and the other schools on MCV 
Campus have." 

Once at VCU, Snead says she realized the opportunity she had 
been afforded. "I felt very proud that the University was on the cutting 
edge and was a true leader in health sciences. VCU/MCV provided 
me a wonderful foundation and tremendous opportunities." 

Snead, however, calls herself a "fairly unremarkable" student 
while at pharmacy school, especially compared with her level of 
involvement today. "I never skipped classes, and I always studied 
a lot, but I wasn't class president or student chapter president. 
I worked 20 hours a week in a pharmacy while in school. Dean 
White, who was the dean of students at the time, always says, 'she 
was such a quiet girl, we never heard a peep out of her. I don't know 
what happened!'" 

Just after graduation, Snead did return home to Waverly for a 
year to work at Waverly Drug Store, where she had grown up working 
after school as a teenager and later during summers and breaks from 
college and pharmacy school. "My two sisters and I worked there for 

a long time," says Snead, "but I was the only one to go into pharmacy. 
Originally, I thought I'd go into medicine, but the longer I worked in 
the drugstore, the more appealing pharmacy became to me." 

So, what was it about pharmacy and health care in general 
that drew Snead into the profession? "The impact that we have on 
people's lives is so striking," she says, "and the sense of community 
in pharmacy. I love the people part of it, to be able to interact with 
people and be on the front lines." 

Snead left Waverly in 1986 to move back to the Richmond area, 
where she worked in a number of retail pharmacies over the next 
seven years. In early 1994, she decided to do something a little 
different; she began serving as a marketing and training consultant 
for numerous pharmacies and related companies. "The public didn't 
really recognize that they needed anything other than bottles, pills 
and a bag," says Snead, "and pharmacies didn't do a good job of 
letting the public know what specialized services they offered." 

Later in 1994, Snead found her way to the Virginia Pharmacists 
Association as its first director of professional affairs. After a year, 
she was serving as interim executive director and was appointed 
executive director in early 1996. 

Snead has been an MCVAA member since she graduated VCU, 
and since 1995 she has served on the association's board as pharmacy 
division board member, assistant treasurer and vice-president. 
Among her many accomplishments, Snead in 1998 was named 
one of the "50 Most Influential People in Pharmacy" by American 
Druggist magazine. In 2000, the VCU School of Pharmacy awarded 
her the Alumni Star. She also serves on the board of directors for 
the Arthritis Foundation, an organization whose cause hits close to 
home. Snead watched her father suffer from rheumatoid arthritis 
most of her life. 

As for her involvement with the MCVAA, Snead says she is 
grateful to have been chosen president and wants to encourage all 
alumni to get involved with the University. "In thinking about our 
children and family members and where they may go in the future 
and to have this connection with the University, where you can offer 
your input and stay involved, it's really a great feeling to have an 
impact on the future." 

Sally Jones is a freelance writer in Richmond, who writes for VCU, the 
MCV Foundation and local publications. 

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To Hell and Back 

A nurse shares her struggle with addiction 
and how she reached the road to recovery 

By Wendy Mathis Parker 

s a child of an alcoholic 
parent, Thayne Ford 
knew all too well 
the anguish and 
heartache alcohol 
addiction could 
cause a family. It was quite simple for 
Ford: at an early age, she vowed she 
would never take a drink. 

All the way through high school, 
college, nursing school and a nursing 
career spanning 25 years, Ford stuck to 
her guns. She wanted to help people 
and build a successful career. She 
wanted to have a stable family life, 
with a good husband and happy 
children. She worked very hard to 
achieve those goals, and she did. One 
might say, Thayne Ford had it all. 

How then could a woman of such 
resolve end up nearly losing every- 
thing? How did she find herself, as she 
describes it "in the horrendous spiral" 
of being fired from her well-paying job 

as a nurse anesthetist, facing felony charges, compromising her 
health, depleting her finances, devastating her family, and finally, 
contemplating suicide? The answer is simple: Thayne Ford had 
become a drug addict. 

Ford's story is not unique. 

In 1999, the National Institute of Drug Abuse released data that 
3.5 million people were addicted to illicit drugs and 8.2 million people 
were dependent on alcohol. 

According to John Hasty '56BS/P, former director of the Com- 
monwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions, 10 to 12 
percent of the general American population, at sometime during 
their lives, will suffer from some type of impairment or dependency. 
It stands to reason that the percentage of impaired health care practi- 
tioners, with high-stress related jobs and easy access to pharmaceuti- 
cals, could be even higher. 

In Virginia alone, it is estimated 
that as many as 25,000 people in the 
health care industry may be impaired 
by drugs or alcohol — a frightening 
prospect for the unsuspecting patient 
seeking responsible health care. A 
scary prospect, too, for those health 
care providers who are addicted to 
controlled substances and are reluctant 
to seek help, or worse, don't even 
believe they have a problem. 

"The denial is incredible," Thayne 
Ford says of her addiction. She began 
using Demerol to relieve headaches 
she suffered at work. She remembers 
distinctly the first time she abused. 
"I had the worst migraine, the worst 
headache ever in the world," she says, 
"and I deserved relief." She had med- 
ication at her disposal in the outpa- 
tient clinic where she worked as a 
nurse anesthetist. In the restroom, 
she used a syringe to inject Demerol. 
She quickly switched over to fentanyl, 
an opiate 10 times more potent than morphine. "It went against all 
my moral upbringing," she says, "but it was very simple." She would 
steal the fentanyl, hide in the restroom and shoot up. Thus, began 
Ford's addiction, and denial. "Every night you say you'll never do 
it again but you wake up and you have to," she recalls. "You wear 
long sleeves." 

Ford abused off and on at work for about a year. It was her hus- 
band, not coworkers, who discovered her addiction and intervened. 
She was sent away for 28 days to a hospital in Fairfax, Va. where she 
received treatment for substance abuse. "It didn't work," she says, 
"because I didn't want it to. After all," she remembers thinking, "I 
didn't have a problem." 

Ford went back to work and immediately started using again. 
Following a drug screening, she was fired from her job. "My thinking 
was so distorted," she says, "I blamed it all on everyone else." 

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In 1999, the National Institute of Drug Abuse 

released data that 3.5 million people were 

addicted to illicit drugs and 8.2 million people 

were dependent on alcohol 

Ford joined her husband overseas where she was "abstinent but 
miserable." When she returned to the U.S., it had been four years 
since she had practiced — and used — and she felt it was safe to go back 
to work. She took a position at a Tidewater hospital and, after about 
six months, she began using again. "It was inevitable," she says. 
"When you take away someone's crutch you have to replace it with 
something." Ford, on her own, had never discovered that something. 

Ford resumed her daily use of fentanyl for a year and a half at the 
new hospital. She says, "Amazingly, my addiction was never detected." 
When her husband entered school in southwestern Virginia, Ford 
moved with him across the state where she found employment in 
another hospital. 

Relatively early, within six weeks, Ford says, she was caught 
diverting drugs and was immediately fired. This time, the State 
Board of Nursing was called. Not only did she face felony charges 
for obtaining drugs by fraud, she faced losing her license to practice. 
In addition, she had lost a tremendous amount of weight. Ford says, 
"I was on my way to dying." 

It was at this low ebb, Ford began thinking of a way to hurry up 
the process, a way to end her life. Yet as desperate as she was, she 
remembers thinking, "There has got to be some help for me some- 
where. I had a little glimmer of hope that there was somebody out 
there who could help me." 

Little did Ford know, there was a whole network of people who 
could help her. 

She called the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) referral 
source and obtained a list of local people who were in recovery. The 
source recommended Ford enter a treatment program called "Per- 
spectives" for impaired health care practitioners. At the same time, 
EAP staff suggested she attend a Caduceus meeting. This is a support 
group of peers suffering from addiction, who meet regularly to talk 
confidentially about recovery, work, legal and license issues. The 
group gave her hope. "There were 30 other people in the room who 
had been through what I was going through," Ford says, "and they 
actually looked happy." 

Ford entered the Perspectives program in Hampton, Va. for 
treatment. (It is now the Farley Center located in Williamsburg, Va.) 
This time she stayed for three months. Looking back, Ford realized 
her first treatment of 28 days was not nearly long enough to deal 
with all the issues of addiction. "We think we're intelligent enough, 
we have all the education, and we know how to handle the drugs," 
she says, "but we can't." 

During her stay among her peers at the treatment center, Ford 
learned many things about addiction and recover)'. She summarizes: 

■ We are powerless over drugs and alcohol. 

■ Addiction is a disease. There is no cure, but it is treatable 
and manageable. 

■ It is vital to get involved in a 12-step program such as 
Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous 

■ Recovery is a lifelong process, taken one day at time. It is 
impossible to do it on your own. 

The three-month treatment at the center cost Ford $15,000, but 
she believes it saved her life. Financially, she had lost everything and 
she and her husband eventually divorced. She found work at a 
gourmet store earning $7 an hour. "But it was a good thing," she 
says, "It gave me time to get more 
involved in the 12-step program." 

When Ford went to court to face 
the legal charges against her for 
obtaining drugs by fraud, she was not 
convicted. The judge prohibited her 
from practicing for three years and 
Ford says during that time, "I was 
watched." She met regularly with her 
probation officer, was screened ran- 
domly for drugs, and stayed in the 
12-step program. Eventually, the 

felony charges were dismissed and Ford says, "I was blessed. I want 
that judge to know she made a good decision." 

When Ford was offered a job as a detox nurse at the very treatment 
center where she began her recovery, she went before the State Board 
of Nursing to ask for her license. She had been clean for three years 
and had found that missing "something" — enormous support for 
her difficult road to recovery. She was granted her license. 

Ironically, addiction and recovery led Ford to a new career related 
to the health care industry. Today she is vice president of operations 
of Virginia Monitoring, Inc. where daily she interfaces with addicted 
health care practitioners who are attempting to turn around their 
lives. Ford continues to attend support meetings, lives a healthy 
lifestyle and career-wise, is where she always wanted to be "helping 
others." Thayne Ford, once so close to dying, is a living example for 
the impaired practitioner that recovery can and does work. 

Thayne Ford 

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HPIP: How it works 

The purpose of Virginia's Health Practitioners' Inter- 
vention Program (HPIP) is two-fold: to ensure safety 
for medical consumers in the Commonwealth and to 
increase the number of impaired practitioners who 
will seek assistance as an alternative to disciplinary action. In the 
past, addicted providers avoided getting help due to the real fear 
of losing their licenses. According to John Hasty '56BS/P, "The 
last place a nurse would go for help is the board that holds her 
license." Today, for those practitioners who are eligible, steps 
maybe initiated through HPIP to obtain a stay of disciplinary 
action to allow the practitioner to focus on recovery. 

HPIP is open to any health care practitioner who is or was 
licensed, certified or registered, or an applicant who is eligible for 
licensure, certification or registration. It not only provides an 
alternative for the practitioner, it enhances public protection by 
strict monitoring of the practitioner. Services now available to 
the impaired practitioner under HPIP include assessment, referral, 
intervention coordination, monitoring and advocacy. A seven- 
member committee of practitioners experienced in working with 
impaired individuals oversees the program and makes decisions 
on requests for stays of disciplinary action. 

Johnny Moore '71BS/P, has served on the Intervention 
Program Committee since its inception, including serving as 
chairman in 2000. He also has been chairman of the Virginia 
Pharmacists Aiding Pharmacists (VaPAPP) peer assistance group 
for close to a decade. The committee's role is to review all cases 
that come to Virginia Monitoring Inc., the private company 
contracted to monitor health care workers and to help them 
get well. Committee members are privy to only pertinent infor- 
mation involving a case. Moore says, "We do not know the practi- 
tioners by name, only number." They discuss each participant 
being considered for a stay of disciplinary action, having a 
previously granted stay vacated, resigning or being dropped 
from the program. 

Virginia Monitoring, Inc. and the Intervention Committee 
maintain rigorous surveillance of the participants and require 
cooperation to remain in the program. Each year, approximately 
30 percent of the total caseload is dismissed from the program 
because of non-compliance. 

Want more information? Here are some important numbers: 

Health Practitioners' Intervention Program 

1-800-533-1560 toll free 

Virginia Monitoring 

1-888-827-7559 toll free 

An Addict's Lifeline 

HPIP offers help and hope to 
impaired health care providers 

Only a few years ago, health care practitioners 
who found themselves succumbing to addic- 
tion and caught in the inevitable downward 
spiral of losing their jobs and licenses to 
practice, and possibly even going to jail, 
often had little hope for recovery. Today, 
there's much more than a glimmer of hope for the impaired 
provider. In about 40 states across the union, programs are in 
place similar to Virginia's Health Practitioners' Intervention 
Program (HPIP) which was established in 1998 (see sidebar HPIP: 
How it works). 

The numbers show the need. In 2001 there were 720 practitioners 
enrolled in the Virginia Health Practitioners' Intervention Program. 
The 2000 Virginia Monitoring Inc. program performance report 
indicates there were 896 participants in the Virginia HPIP, an increase 
from 638 the previous year. Members from the board of nursing 
increased from 304 to 391, the board of medicine from 121 to 137, 
the board of pharmacy from 34 to 47, and the board of dentistry from 
12 to 18. What are the drugs of choice? For 45 percent of the partici- 
pants it's opiates and for 30 percent, alcohol. A total of 37 percent of 
the participants were male and 63 percent female. 

According to Thayne Ford of Virginia Monitoring Inc., the private 
company HPIP contracts to monitor health care workers and help 
them get well, nurses always make up 60 to 70 percent of participants 
and the reason is simple. "Nurses don't take care of themselves," she 
says. "They take care of everyone else, work I2-hours shifts, go 
home, then take care of their children 
and spouses. Many develop chronic 
pain, backaches and migraine 
headaches, and they don't take 
the time to get enough stress relief. 
It's much easier to get a script from 
the doctor." 

Ford says if a nurse has been 
caught diverting morphine from 
the hospital and she undergoes treat- 
ment, Virginia Monitoring Inc. can Johnny Moore '71BS/P 

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1 to 12 percent of the general American population, 

at sometime during their lives, will suffer 

from some type of impairment or dependency. 

Sam Stanford '74MD 

apply for a stay of disciplinary action. In the past, if she were being 
investigated by the State Board of Nursing, once that investigation was 
complete, she would be turned over to the board. Now if she is fol- 
lowing all the conditions of her contract, Virginia Monitoring Inc. can 
ask for a stay of disciplinary action from the oversight committee and 
that action is held in abeyance and never becomes public knowledge. 

"We can help them protect their license," Ford says. "They'll hear 
that. It's the best motivation for them to get help." 

Johnny Moore '71BS/P agrees. A former 
amphetamine user whose addiction began in phar- 
macy school and lasted 14 years, Moore has been 
in recovery since 1985. In the past 17 years, he has 
suffered no more relapses and credits regular moni- 
toring for staying clean. According to Moore, one 
may never really lose the desire to use. Returning to 
work after treatment for substance abuse, Moore 
recalls, "The first time I dispensed Fastin, the fact 
that I might die didn't stop me [from abusing it); 
the fact that I might get caught tomorrow in a drug 
screening and lose my license, did." But the beauty of HPIP, says 
Moore is that it gave him the opportunity to progress in his recovery 
to the point that he resisted abusing drugs because he liked his life 
and didn't want to die, rather than just out of fear of losing his 
license. That's how it really saves lives, he says. 

Sam Stanford Jr. '74MD has a 15-year history of being in recovery 
for alcoholism which includes, as he says, "multiple bumps in the 
road." Under the watch of Virginia Monitoring Inc. for a total of six 
months, Stanford believes that monitoring has been good for him. 
"It fosters my recovery," he says. He must submit to a urine test once 
a week. "But it's a random test," he says. "I call an 800 number every 
morning and I am told whether or not I must report in for a test." 

Having surrendered his license to practice, Stanford works as a 
personal trainer in a fitness center. He attends four support meetings 
a week and is under psychotherapy for depression. "In my case and 
most cases, you have to treat the addiction diagnosis and psychiatric 
diagnosis concomitantly," he says, "If all goes well, I'm eligible to 
apply to get my license back in July 2002." It has been over two years 

since Stanford last practiced and he knows when he returns to work, 
it will be "under a whole lot of restrictions. There are certain practices 
I will not be allowed to go into. It will be up to Virginia Monitoring 
whether I apply for that license or not." Stanford adds, "With their 
advocacy, anything is possible. Without their advocacy, nothing 
is possible." 

The name John Hasty '56BS/P, is synonymous with recovery in 
Virginia. Due to the tireless work of Hasty and Senator 
John Edwards of Roanoke, the bill to establish the 
intervention program for impaired health care prac- 
titioners passed unanimously in the General Assem- 
bly in 1997. Governor Allen first appointed Hasty the 
director of the Department of Health Professions in 
1994. Governor Gilmore reappointed him in 1998. 
Hasty's successful track record in educating the public 
and practitioners about drug abuse gave him the 
impetus in 1982 to start Virginia Pharmacists Aiding 
Pharmacists (VaPAPP), a peer assistance group for 
impaired pharmacists. Hasty has personally partici- 
pated in interventions for over 75 colleagues. 

At the Department of Health Professions, Hasty was charged 
with the task of organizing an intervention program to cover all 
health practitioners. There are 13 regulatory boards overseeing 
approximately 70 specialties in Virginia. According to Hasty, out of 
those 70 specialties, only eight or nine peer assistance organizations were 
in effect. With the institution of the Health Practitioners' Intervention 
Program, all 13 boards, ranging from 
dentistry, optometry to veterinary 
medicine, now have uniform regula- 
tions and assistance for impaired 
practitioners. Hasty says, "When we 
wrote the legislation, we did every- 
thing in our power to make sure 
the existing peer assistance groups, 
such as the Virginia Caring Dentists 
Committee and VaPAPP, were 
not destroyed. Their focus is 

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The good news is: For those in the 
business of helping others, there is help 

different; it is to help do interven- 
tions and to get people into 
this program." 

In addition to interventions, 
VaPAPP provides articles for phar- 
macy journals and continuing edu- 
cation at annual meetings. The 
effort not only reaches impaired 
practitioners, it goes beyond to 
educate students before they enter 
the health care industry. 

Stephen Rudder, a second-year 
pharmacy student at VCU, recalls 
the impact Johnny Moore made, 
when as chairman of VaPAPP, he 
spoke to Rudder's class. "He was a 
very dynamic speaker," says Rudder. 
As a former addict, Moore has a 
special insight into addiction and 
recovery that he openly shares with 

the students. Because of Moore's visit, Rudder volunteered to attend 
a six-day seminar at the University of Utah School on Alcohol and 
Substance Abuse. 

Attending the pharmacy section, Rudder heard many pharma- 
cists relate their tales of addiction. "The most touching part of the 
seminar, and the scariest," Rudder says, "was sitting in a live therapy 
session of 10 young people who were addicted to meth, coke, crack, 
alcohol or prescription drugs. Seeing a 19-year-old kid, a tough guy 
with tattoos, break down and cry, was one of the most powerful 
hours of my life." 

While Rudder is certain he will never abuse drugs, he under- 
stands many pharmacists began their careers with the same confi- 
dence. He worries about the pattern he sees his young colleagues 
falling into: beginning the "weekend" on Thursday night, going 
out for drinks to relieve the stress. The rest of the weekend is an 
extension of the Thursday night ritual: drinking to get drunk. Rudder 

doesn't sport a holier-than-thou 
attitude; he personally has nothing 
against a few drinks. After attending 
the seminar, however, he knows, 
"If they use alcohol to relieve stress 
once a week, it can turn into an 
alcohol-to-relieve-stress pattern. 
I know students who drink every 
night of the week and still make 
good grades, but I believe they're 
going to get some form of 
addiction, physically, mentally 
or physiologically." 

Rudder is grateful for the 
opportunity to learn about drug 
abuse, something that most 
impaired providers didn't learn 
until too late. Under the umbrella 
of the Department of Health 
Professions, programs like HPIP 
in conjunction with Virginia Monitoring, Inc., continue work in reaching 
and helping impaired providers. Thayne Ford summarizes, "The 
punitive attitude toward impaired providers is fast disappearing. 
The former mind set was 'let's get this guy,' now it is 'let's help this 
guy.'" It's a dramatic change, Ford believes. "But," she says, "we still 
have a long way to go." 

The good news is: For those in the business of helping others, 
there is help. 

Wendy Mathis Parker '01MFA is a newspaper editor, author, theater 
critic and playwright. 


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By Sally Jones 

Just a decade ago, most people considered cash or check 
payments the sole form of charitable giving. But times 
have changed. Today, more and more people are rec- 
ognizing that making a gift to a charitable organization 
can take many forms, and sometimes be as complex as 
setting up a stock portfolio or planning for retirement. 
The variety of charitable giving options include charitable remainder 
trusts, appreciated securities, wills, real estate, insurance policies, chari- 
table gift annuities or lead trusts. Some of these options have lucrative 
tax benefits as well as the potential for 
steady and long-term income. 

Michael Dowdy, executive vice 
president of the MCV Foundation, says 
that in the last six months alone, the 
Foundation has seen gifts in the form 
of stock, a charitable remainder trust, 
several bequests, a charitable gift annuity 
and an insurance policy. "Charitable 
giving methods are far more varied 
than they used to be," he says. "This 
variety gives donors more options in 
choosing how they support us and how 
their philanthropic planning can com- 
plement their estate planning." 

So, with all the variety of gift 
options, where does a potential donor 
start? With such an enormous playing 
field comes a complex set of rules gov- 
erning charitable gifts. Bill Gray, partner 

with the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams and the Foundation's 
legal advisor, cautions anyone considering a charitable gift to do his 
or her homework before deciding what type ot gift to make. 

"Tax laws provide a number of ways to make charitable gifts with 
great benefits," says Gray, "but the rules can be restrictive, and the 
benefits can vary widely depending on the type and amount ot the 
gift. Slight variations in your gift form may mean the difference 
between a tax deduction for the full value of the donation, a deduction 
for only your cost basis, and no deduction at all." 

But Gray says that behind what he calls the "convoluted" tax laws 
stands a wealth of opportunity for charitable givers. "The American 
legal system encourages us to give; the benefits are out there." Such 
benefits include but are not limited to: substantial tax deductions, 
increased income yield without immediate capital gains tax, continued 
income from the gift, access to built-up equity, augmented retire- 
ment income, and the ability to make a larger charitable gift through 
deferred giving than is possible through an outright gift. 

Dr. Hilda Meth, senior financial advisor for American Express, 
believes that when people don't give to charity, it's not because they 
don't want to give, it's simply because "people just don't understand 
the system." 

"Every person wants to make the world a better place in some 
small corner," Meth believes, "and everyone is capable of making a 

gift in some way. Many people just don't realize this until they're 
shown how to do it through careful financial and gift planning." 

Meth says that once her clients understand that they can provide 
for all the basics, such as paying off debt, providing for retirement, 
and funding their children's education and inheritance, and still give 
to their community, then it's just a matter of finding the gift that fits. 

"People can provide their children a sound inheritance and still 
give to their community," says Meth. "I always pose the questions to 
my clients, 'Do you want to leave your children and grandchildren a 
living or a heritage? Do you want to 
make them better, hardworking people 
who learn to give back to the community 
by your example?' Most clients get very 
excited by these ideas." 

Last year, Meth followed her own 
advice when she wanted to honor her 
late husband, a 31 -year faculty member 
in the VCU School of Pharmacy who 
died suddenly in September 1994 of 
Creuztfeldt-Jakob Disease, a genetically 
transmitted neurological disorder that 
had gone undetected. Meth decided to 
create the Werner Lowenthal Endow- 
ment Fund in the school to support 
Ph.D. students specializing in the 
pharmacology of genetically-based 
neurological disorders. She directed 
her gift to an area that meant a great 
deal to her husband. 
"Teaching was his primary focus; he just loved his students," 
Meth says. "And by making this fund a scholarship with a narrow 
research interest, I wanted to help attract top talent to MCV and help 
further research into an area that was fitting under the circumstances of 
my husband's death." Dr. Meth has used gifts of cash and appreciated 
securities to establish the Lowenthal Endowment Fund. 

To help potential donors make s ense out of charitable giving, 
the MCV Foundation has added an important component to its 
Web site. A simple click away from the Foundation's main Web page, 
a, is the new "Pathways to Giving" site, 
a comprehensive and easy to understand guide to making a charita- 
ble gift. On the site, visitors will find detailed examples of ways to 
give outright or planned gifts, explanations of tax benefits and ways 
to structure your gift to receive the benefits you want, a planned gift 
calculator, and an area where visitors may sign up to receive free 
brochures through e-mail on a variety of charitable giving topics. 

The Foundation also offers informational seminars and always 
welcomes inquiries by phone. For more information, please contact 
Michael Dowdy or Sharon Larkins-Pederson at (804) 828-9734. 

Sally Jones is a freelance writer in Richmond, who writes for VCU, the 
MCV Foundation and local publications. 

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The Doctor is Always In: 

VCU Hospitalists Focus on Inpatient Medicine 


re all know patients entering the hospital 
these days are sicker. Even complex ailments are 
often treated on an outpatient basis, and most 
people come into the hospital because they 
need intensive care and treatment. Combining 
the needs of more acutely ill patients with the 
pressures from managed care to be efficient 
and shorten lengths of stay results in a complex 
balancing act. Enter the hospitalists, a new 
breed of doctors whose primary professional 
focus is caring for hospitalized patients. 

Hospitalists serve as an extender to the primary care physician 
(PCP), caring for the PCP's patients while they are hospitalized. It's 
difficult to cover hospitalized patients in a timely manner while jug- 
gling the needs of a busy office practice. The hospitalist allows the PCP 
to focus on the patients he sees in the office with the peace of mind of 
knowing his hospitalized patients are receiving quality care. 

The field is "only new in the sense that it's been defined and 
organized," says Dr. Stephen Freer, director of the hospitalist 
program at the VCU Health System. While some 
doctors have emphasized inpatient care for many 
years, the term "hospitalist" was coined just 
five years ago in a 1996 New England Journal 
of Medicine article. 

Clay Beveridge '95MD was a second year 
resident at VCU when he first heard the term. 
"That was when it really started to sound appeal- 
ing," he remembers. "I knew at that point I didn't 
want to specialize, but I also knew I didn't want 
to spend all my time sitting in clinic." 

At that time there were no hospitalist 
programs in Richmond. But fortunately for 
Beveridge, Freer and Dr. Richard Wenzel, chair- 
man of the Department of Internal Medicine, 
had already begun exploring the possibility of 
introducing hospitalists at VCU. "I've always 
preferred inpatient medicine," says Freer. "I like the higher level of 
acuity and intense relationship with the patient more than the more 
relaxed ambulatory care setting." Freer also believed that bringing a 
hospitalist model to VCU would improve patient care and save money. 

In the beginning, there were objections. Some feared that 
patients would resent the break in continuity of care. But, Freer 

Dr. Stephen Freer 

replies, patients are accustomed to being admitted to specialists who 
have expertise in their particular disease. A hospitalist is simply a 
specialist in hospital-based care, admitting hundreds of patients each 
year while an internist in an office-based practice might admit maybe 
25 or 50 patients. Freer believes that patients accept hospitalists "to 
the degree they are apprised of the model." Patients feel comfortable 
when they know they are in the hands of an expert. 

Without a hospitalist, the typical model is for a primary care 
physician to either admit a patient to the hospital under the care of 
a specialist or juggle inpatient care with an outpatient practice. With 
a hospitalist, there is no typical model. "If you had a hundred hospitals 
from a hundred different places," says Freer, "there would probably 
be a hundred different permutations on the model." 

Almost 1,000 hospitals use hospitalists, including leading institu- 
tions like the Mayo Clinic, Beth Israel, and Cedars Sinai. Freer says 
most hospitalists are internists, but many have some subspecialty 
training. Pediatricians are beginning to adopt the model and some 
family practitioners are becoming hospitalists as well. About 23 percent 
of hospitalists are employed by hospitals and about 35 percent by 
medical groups according to the June 18, 2001 issue of Modern 
Healthcare. In the VCU model, the hospitalists are salaried within 
the department of medicine. 

At some hospitals, a group of doctors rotate the role of hospitalist, 
so that one person focuses on inpatient medicine for a designated 
portion of each year. At other hospitals, hospitalists work full-time, 
year-round. The five hospitalists at VCU work through two different 
models. Most patients at the VCU Health System 
are admitted to one of six house staff teams of 
interns, residents and medical students super- 
vised by an attending physician. One of these 
teams now includes a hospitalist. Freer and 
two other doctors rotate in month-long shifts, 
spending a total of four months a year as hospi- 
talists and the rest of their time as precepts in 
the resident teaching clinic. They bring their 
expertise not just to the patients but also to the 
medical students, helping students understand 
common inpatient disorders and teaching them 
how to handle the complex social and financial 
problems patients often bring to the hospital. 
Other attending physicians who spend less time 
treating hospitalized patients are not as familiar 
with these important aspects of care. 
The other model at VCU is the Faculty Attending Service (FAS) 
in which one doctor and one nurse practitioner focus exclusively 
on inpatient care. Before hospitalists came on the scene, a different 
attending physician led the FAS every two weeks. These physicians 
spend most of their time in outpatient care and did not always feel 
comfortable with more acute patients. Sicker patients were often 


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Research has shown that hospitalists can reduce 

hospital costs by as much as 1 5 percent 

and length of stay by an average of 1 9 percent 

diverted to the already overwhelmed house staff teams. This problem 
has been resolved now that two hospitalists, Beveridge and Dr. Rick 
Bremer, each spend six months of the year leading the FAS. 

Because they spend long stretches of time focused on inpatient 
care, hospitalists know how to make the system work. "Things happen 
faster," says Beveridge. While a typical outpatient work-up might 
take weeks or months, a hospitalist can see things evolve "in real 
time." Research has shown that hospitalists can reduce hospital costs 
by as much as 15 percent and length of stay by an average of 19 percent 
(Modern Healthcare 6/18/01). 

In a non-hospitaJist model, patients may have a number of physi- 
cians and residents following them on a rotating basis, even if no 
outside consultations are required. A 
hospitalist model reduces that number 
and patients find that reassuring. As 
Beveridge explains, "my patients know 
'Dr. Beveridge is taking care of me and he 
is the one taking care of all the decisions 
and making sure everything happens.'" 
Furthermore, "if a family member stops 
by and wants to know what's going on, I 
can be there in fifteen minutes to answer 
all their questions and allay their fears." 

Nurse practitioner Dianne Wall agrees 
that it's better for the family to avoid "an 
onslaught of residents, attendings, and 
everyone else." Wall works with Beveridge 
and Bremer as the "other half of the 
Faculty Attending Service. She believes that 
the close relationship and tag-team interac- 
tion between nurse practitioner and hospitalist "greatly improves 
patient care with better continuity and follow-through." In addition, 
"there's no switching teams where a lot of things can fall through 
the cracks." 

On a typical day, Beveridge begins by checking in to see who has 
been admitted and what tests have come back. Then he picks up 
the service pager and gets an update from the resident who covered 
overnight. After that he visits all his patients, typically spread out on 
as many as six different floors in two buildings. "It's easier to do it 
one floor at a time," he says with a smile. He also calls in consulta- 
tions and returns phone calls. In the afternoon, he admits new 
patients and follows up on lab tests and radiology. Near the end of 
the day, he usually does "chart rounds," checking in on the progress 
of all his patients. 

Amid all this activity, Beveridge finds time to discharge patients 
and contact their primary care physicians with a report. One impor- 
tant obligation of the hospitalist is to be sure the "hand-off' goes 
smoothly when the patient enters and leaves the hospital. Most hos- 
pitalists consult with primary care physicians when the patient is 

Clay Beveridge '95MD 

admitted, and then make contact again when the patient is discharged. 
These conversations alert hospitalists to important details that are 
not on the chart and allow primary care physicians to stay apprised 
of their patients' progress. 

Although a few primary care physicians have been resistant to 
handing over inpatient care to hospitalists, Beveridge believes that 
"most are savvy enough to know that they can make more money 
focusing on outpatient care and seeing more people." Freer adds 
that the demands of both inpatient and outpatient medicine are 
significant, and "in the modern managed care era it becomes difficult 
to do them both well and efficiently and keep everyone happy." 
The hospitalist specialty has great appeal to young doctors 

emerging from residency. Freer estimates 
that last year 10 to 12 percent of graduating 
VCU residents took jobs as hospitalists. 
The National Association of Inpatient 
Physicians, a resource organization for 
hospitalists, estimates that 4,000 to 5,000 
hospitalists are in practice today. Within 
the next ten years, they expect this number 
to quadruple. Freer says some residency 
programs have developed special hospitalist 
tracks, and some offer post-residency hos- 
pitalist fellowships which focus on the 
research agenda for hospital medicine. 
"A lot of residents in the internal 
medicine program are interested in the 
field because they feel so prepared," says 
Beveridge. "They know they can take care 
of hospitalized patients because they do it 
all the time." By talking with doctors in private practice, these resi- 
dents realize that it will take them a year or two to get up to speed 
in outpatient practice, and they prefer to "hit the ground running." 
Because their training prepares them so well for jobs as hospitalists, 
new doctors can also enter practice at higher salary levels. 

But the work is intense. "Undoubtedly there will be a lot of 
burnout," Beveridge predicts. He compares the field to emergency 
medicine: "It's appealing in your 20s and 30s, but will probably 
become less so in your 40s and 50s." 

Freer acknowledges the need to guard against burnout, but he 
believes that a well-conceived hospitalist model can be sustained 
indefinitely. "What drives us," he says, "is that we like doing it — the 
challenges and demands are more gratifying than any other field." 

Joriel Foltz is a writer residing in Richmond. 

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September 11: 

VCU's MCV Campus Moves into 
Action in the Midst of Mourning 

he tragedies of September 1 1 touched VCU's MCV Campus on many 
levels. Some students lost family members and loved ones. Faculty, 
students and staff joined the rest of the VCU family in a candlelight 
vigil and memorial service grieving the deaths of so many and 
expressing sorrow for those whose friends and loved ones perished 
in the attacks. Two VCU physicians set up an emergency treatment 
center near Ground Zero shortly after the World Trade Centers' 
collapse. The VCU Health System sprang into action immediately following the attacks, preparing 
for potentially receiving and treating critically injured survivors. VCUHS began identifying how, 
as a major regional health care system, it needs to prepare for and respond to possible future 
terrorist attacks. The articles and photos on the following pages share these stories. 

Couple lives tale of hell and heroism 

VCU physicians aid wounded at 
World Trade Center disaster 

By Michael Ford 

Within a half hour after the collapse of the World 
Trade Center towers, VCU physicians, Joseph P. 
Ornato and Mary Ann Peberdy, were aboard a 
commandeered New York City bus, riding past 
Ground Zero of the disaster to open a makeshift 
emergency treatment center a mere six blocks from the destruction. 

"Everything started out gray. Once we were within 10 or 12 blocks 
of the disaster, it seemed as if we were driving through a black and 
white photograph," said Peberdy, a cardiologist and assistant professor 
of internal medicine in VCU's School of Medicine. "It was eerily quiet, 
and there were thousands of sheets of white paper everywhere." 

"It looked like the surface of the moon," said Ornato, chairman 
of emergency medicine in the School of Medicine and chair of the 
emergency department of the VCU Health System. 

Married for seven years, the couple was in New York attending a 
national conference on defribrillators chaired by Ornato. Soon after 
the meeting began at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel, alarms evacuated 
the 150 conferees. They walked outside and looked across the Brooklyn 
Bridge to see the Twin Towers on fire. "At this point, all of us realized 
this was an act of terrorism," Ornato said. 

Ornato used his pocket PC to access CNN and received early 
reports from lower Manhattan. As they took in the scene, Ornato 
and Peberdy encountered a woman running from a subway tunnel. 
She had been in the World Trade Center but had escaped in time. As 
they gave her assistance, a rumbling sound prompted them to look 
across the river as the South Tower collapsed. They returned to the 
hotel and sprang into action. 

"I asked the group to take a moment for silent prayer for the 
poor souls in that building," Ornato said. "Then we began discussing 
how we could help." 

Part of the group set up a first aid station at the foot of the 
Brooklyn Bridge to help injured people escaping on foot from lower 
Manhattan. Others responded to a request from a fire department 
official to set up a triage unit at the WTC. "I told them we had five 
minutes to gather supplies and cell phones and deploy," Ornato said. 
"The fire department commandeered a city bus, and there we were, 
heading towards the fire, smoke and debris." 

By 11:15 a.m., Ornato's team of 32 doctors, nurses and paramedics 
had set up a 40-bed field hospital, critical care area and morgue. Later in 
the day, when the already evacuated Building 7 fell and threatened the 
out-of-town volunteers at the WTC, Peberdy and Ornato were separated. 

"We saw the windows from Building 7 waver back and forth, and 
it collapsed," said Peberdy. "Then this wave of debris came towards 
us. We were told to run. Once inside a nearby office building, Joe 
and I found each other, but it was tense for a few moments." 

As the afternoon gave way to night, they treated 19 people and 
gave assistance to others, including an 8-year-old boy wandering 
through lower Manhattan asking for a quarter to call his mother. 
He said she worked in the World Trade Center and was missing. 

At 10 p.m., Ornato and Peberdy returned to their hotel after an 
urban search and rescue unit took over. 

"It was frustrating not to have more people to treat," Peberdy 
said. "We did treat firefighters and emergency people, including one 
particularly tenacious firefighter who went back after being pulled 
from the rubble twice." 

"We just prayed to God we could do some good," Ornato said. 
"The real tragedy is that the towers came down. There should have 
been more survivors." 

Reprinted from VCUNews September 12, 2001 Special Edition 

Dr. Joseph Ornato, chair of emergency medicine 
for VCU Health Systems and the School of 
Medicine, and his wife, VCU cardiologist 
Dr. Mary Ann Peberdy, were in Brooklyn on 
September 11 for a conference on defibrillators 
led by Ornato. When the attacks came, the 
conference set up a first aid station at the 
Brooklyn Bridge and a triage center six 
blocks from the disaster. 


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Second-year medical students Gary and 
Christine Bong showed their patriotic 
support and honored the victims of 
September 1 1 by painting an American 
flag on the rooftop of their Church Hill 
home. It took four days and 12 gallons 
of paint. 

On alert 

As one of only five Level 1 Trauma Centers in the state, VCUHS's 
MCV Hospitals was prepared by early afternoon for September 1 1 
disaster victims. Hospital officials had set up a command center and 
canceled all elective surgeries to free up operating rooms. "Everyone 
was on alert — from environmental services to the emergency depart- 
ment, from the physicians and nurses to volunteers," said Dr. Sheldon 
Retchin, senior executive vice president and CEO of the VCU Health 
System. The Evans-Haynes Burn Center staff even set up a second 
fully equipped burn treatment area under the belief that many victims 
would likely have severe burns. All was in response to the National 
Defense Medical System Plan, which had been activated that day. 
The plan calls for Richmond to be a receiving site for patients during 
a major disaster. 

But as the next few days wore on, it became evident that the VCU 
Health System would not be receiving a single victim. "If there had 
been a significant number of patients, I feel certain some would have 
come to us," said Retchin. 

The absence of victims coupled with regular patient loads translated 
into more than a $1.2 million loss for the VCU Health System. For- 
tunately, VCU was able to recoups some of those losses, thanks to 
improved collections, increased patient volumes, and investment 
income resulting from good bond market performance, Dominic 
Puleo, VCU Health System executive vice president of corporate 
finance, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Preparing for a ready 
response to terrorism 

As a level I trauma center and the lead hospital in central Virginia in 
case of a major disaster, VCU Health System proposes $2.5 million 
in improvements so it can respond effectively to a mass influx of 
victims of biological or chemical attacks. As told to the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch, the system is requesting an outside mass decontami- 
nation shower system capable of handling hundreds of people an 
hour, additional space to isolate people with contagious diseases 

such as smallpox, more protective gear for hospital employees and 
terrorism training for emergency room staff. 

"Being able to respond very quickly to large groups of people is 
critical," Dean Broga, director of environment health and safety at 
VCUHS told the Times-Dispatch. 

In Memoriam 

Deepest sympathy is extended to those who lost family and friends in 
the September 1 1 terrorist attacks, including the following: 

The family and friends of Shakila Yasmin '99BS/B, 26, who worked 
in computer operations for Marsh & McLennan financial services on 
the 97th floor of the WTC. Her husband, Nurul Miah, 36, was also 
killed that day in the WTC. 

First-year medicine student Mary Vaden, who lost her fiance at 
the WTC. 

Binh Nguyen, a second year medicine student, who lost his brother 
at the Pentagon. 

Nursing student Miguel Marcos, who lost his sister at the WTC 

Dani Lamana, an occupational therapy student, who lost his brother 
Lt. Michael Scott Lamana, at the Pentagon 

Ann Marie Salamone, physical therapy student, who lost her mother, 
Majorie Champion Salamone, at the Pentagon 

Linda Sierra-Carey, a student in rehabilitation counseling, who lost 
nine cousins, aunts and uncles at the WTC 

Rob Fazio, a VCU graduate student in psychology who lost his 
father, Ronald Carl Fazio, at the WTC 

Tim Van Drew, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and physics, 
who lost his uncle, a New York firefighter 

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Consumers: VCU 
Health System is tops 

VCU Health System recently found itself in 
some elite company — Johns Hopkins Hos- 
pital, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Duke 
University Medical Center to name a few. 
These hospital systems were among 120 
nationwide selected by consumers as the 
best in the nation, according to a National 
Research Corporation survey. VCU's Med- 
ical College of Virginia Hospitals and HCA 
Henrico Doctors' Hospital were co-winners 
for the Richmond market and two of the 
three award recipients for the entire state. 

"We are especially proud of this ranking 
because it is based on consumers' assess- 
ments of how well we are doing our job," 
said Dr. Eugene Trani, VCU president. "To 
be included among some of the nation's 
most respected health care systems is a dis- 
tinct and very gratifying honor." Rankings 
were based on quality and image for overall 
health care service. 

This year marks the third time in the 
survey's six-year history that VCUHS has 
received this honor. VCUHS received the 
award twice in 1999, for heart care services 
and overall excellence. Winners were selected 
based on results from the study of more than 
150,000 households, representing 400,000 
consumers in markets throughout the United 
States. The survey is the nation's largest and 
most comprehensive study of its kind. 

Four recognized for 
contributions to VCU 

The University honored four of its faculty 
members for their superior contributions to 
VCU and the community at its annual con- 
vocation ceremony in September. 

Distinguished Service Award recipient 
Dr. Paul Wehman was honored for his tire- 
less 25-year advocacy of "supported employ- 
ment," the idea that individuals with signifi- 
cant disabilities could 
hold real jobs in their 
communities if pro- 
vided adequate sup- 
port. Wehman's 
contributions have 
resulted in "jobs for 
tens of thousands of 
people with signifi- 
cant disabilities, 
many of whom were 
previously unem- 
ployed," says colleague Dr. Fred P. Orelove. 
Wehman is professor of teacher education and 

director of the Rehabilitation Research and 
Training Center for the School of Medicine. 

This year's Distinguished Scholar, 
Dr. Lindon Eaves is distinguished professor 
of human genetics 
and co-director of 
the Virginia Institute 
for Psychiatric and 
Behavioral Genetics, 
widely known as the 
home of the Mid- 
Atlantic Twin Reg- 
istry. Colleagues 
from around the 
globe consider 
Eaves, "the most 

creative and original statistical geneticist of 
his generation," and "the most accom- 
plished and acclaimed scientist currently 
working in the field of behavior genetics." 

Dr. Leila Christenbury, recipient of 
the University Award for Excellence, is the 
School of Education's primary English edu- 
cator and a well- 
respected advisor 
and mentor among 
the countless educa- 
tors she has helped 
shape. A nominating 
colleague called her, 
"the epitome of what 
a faculty member 
should be: intellectu- 
ally curious, sensi- 
tive, scholarly and 
involved." Christenbury is president of the 
National Council of Teachers of English and 
past editor of The English Journal 

Dr. Michael Joyce Sheridan, associate 
professor in VCU's School of Social Work, 
received the Distinguished Teaching Award. 
She teaches areas from social justice to 
research methods, 
and her special inter- 
est in the relation- 
ship between spiritu- 
ality and social work 
resonates with her 
students. A former 
student remembers 
her lessons "to fol- 
low our hearts and 
minds into areas of 
social work that we 

feel are relevant to the needs of the clients 
we serve regardless of how other colleagues 
may look upon that choice." 

Heading north 

Pending a final okay from the General 
Assembly, VCU Health System will broaden 
its horizons by creating Northern Virginia's 
first medical school campus at INOVA Fair- 
fax Hospital. The joint venture already has 
won approval from the State Council of 
Higher Education for Virginia. 

VCU President Eugene Trani believes the 
new campus "will add a unique dimension 
to VCU's School of Medicine, creating a rich 
clinical experience for students and resi- 
dents, that will help attract researchers to the 
area, especially in the growing biotechnology 
fields." He added that INOVA's proximity 
to the nation's capital and its hefty volume 
of patients could elevate VCU in national 
research rankings. The Fairfax hospital is one 
of the busiest in Northern Virginia, admitting 
more than 40,000 adult patients in each of 
the last four years. That's about 10,000 more 
than VCU Health System. 

Plans include undergraduate medical 
education for 50 VCU students in their third 
or fourth year of medical school, residency 
training, continuing medical education 
and joint clinical outcomes research and 
biotechnology. Residency programs will be 
in surgery, psychiatry and internal medicine. 
The first 25 students will begin study at the 
VCU-INOVA campus in the fall of 2005, 
and a second 25 will begin in 2006. The plan 
is patterned after one at the University of 
Arizona, and similar programs exist in Indi- 
ana, Kansas and Texas. 

"INOVA welcomes this partnership with 
a top academic medical center," says Knox 
Singleton, INOVA Health System president 
and CEO. "Along with enhancing opportu- 
nities for collaborative research, the school 
will increase the supply of locally-trained 
physicians, particularly in specialties that 
are in short supply." 

On board 

Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore appointed VCU 

Alumnus David 

Baldacci, best-selling 

author of "Absolute 

Power" and other 

political suspense 

novels, to the VCU 

board of visitors this 

fall. Also joining the 

board are G. Bryan 

Slater, political 

director of the 

Republican National David Baldacci 


Committee, Laura McMichael, Republican U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's 
finance director, and E. Janet Riddick, policy analyst at the Office of 
the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. 

State Budget Drives Changes 

The Commonwealth's budget situation will have a serious effect on 
higher education and Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Based on the recommendations of the General Assembly's Joint 
Conference Committee, VCU will face significant budget reductions 
in the current fiscal year and in the 2002-04 biennium. VCU's budget 
reductions are expected to total $18.8 million in fiscal year 2002-03 
and $25.3 million in 2003-04. These reductions represent general 
fund cuts of 10.6% and 14.3%, respectively. 

The state budget recommendations assume that some portion 
of these cuts will be offset with new revenue generated from tuition 
increases although the Conference Committee recommendations 
limit increases to 9% for resident undergraduate students. 

Assuming that tuition increases of between 6 and 9 percent each 
year are approved by the Board of Visitors, support for the instruc- 
tional mission of the University will be reduced by approximately 
5% each year. That is roughly equivalent to the combined budgets of 
the Schools of Education and Engineering or the Schools of Nursing 
and Pharmacy. 

The Conference Committee has recommended increases in student 
financial aid of $353,000 in fiscal year 2002-03 and $724,000 in fiscal 
year 2003-04. These increases are expected to maintain the current level 
of support for financial aid assuming tuition increases in each year. 

Efforts are currently underway across the University to develop 
plans for implementing the anticipated budget cuts. It is expected 
that the University will face many difficult decisions in the budget 
planning process. 

The Conference Committee has included compensation adjust- 
ments in its budget recommendations. A one-time bonus of 2.5% 
for faculty and staff is recommended for November 25, 2002, and a 
permanent salary increase of 2.75% on November 25, 2003. 

The Conference Committee recommendations for indigent-care 
funding at the VCU Health System include additional funding in 
fiscal year 2003-04 of $21.5 million in general funds and an estimated 
$7.6 million in nongeneral funds. At this time, it is unclear as to the 
source of the additional nongeneral funds. 

There is better news with regard to VCU's capital outlay program 
and a proposal by Senator John Chichester and Delegate Vincent 
Callahan. This proposal — known as Building Virginia's Future - calls 
for a capital construction program of $1.2 billion for colleges and 
universities over the next six to eight years. Of the total higher edu- 
cation package, $845.9 million is included in a General Obligation 
Bond bill subject to voter approval in November 2002. 

Under this proposal, VCU would receive approximately $84.4 million 
in funding for almost all of the capital projects approved by the Board 
of Visitors in the University's Six- Year Infrastructure Plan for 2002-04. 
(See summary of projects included in this proposal below.) Although 
the Building Virginia's Future proposal does not include support for 
related equipment costs estimated at $12.7 million, it is expected that 
an alternative funding mechanism will be found to address these costs. 
Also, the proposed plan includes the issuance of $2 million in Virginia 
Public Building Authority bonds to provide for the acquisition of land 
for the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. 

The Conference Committee recommendations continue funding 
for the maintenance reserve program, although at a lower level. 
Under the Conference Committee's recommendations, VCU would 
receive $4.0 million in general funds in the 2002-04 biennium. 
VCU's maintenance reserve funding in 2000-02 totals $7.2 million. 

Despite the bleak budgetary outlook, VCU remains committed 
to its mission to provide education for resident and nonresident 
students. The University now looks to developing ways to lessen its 
dependence on state funds, including recruiting more nonresident 
students, attracting more research grants, and attracting more private 
gifts for endowments and student scholarships. 

VCU Capital Projects in 
"Building Virginia's Future" 

Project Description Capital Package 

Code Compliance: Life/Fire Safety $ 2,912,000 

Hibbs Building Classroom Renovations 1,022,000 

Business Building Classroom Renovations 1,307,000 

West Hospital/G.B. Johnson Renovations 14,308,000 

Massey Cancer Center Addition 1 0,099,000 

Medical Sciences Building, Phase II 22,550,000 

Sanger Research Laboratory Renovations, Phase I 8,425,000 

Hibbs Building Major Renovations 8,766,000 

Music Center Renovations 3,407,000 

University Libraries 1,907,000 

Construct School of Engineering, Phase II 6,200,000 

Franklin Terrace 3,524,000 

Total $84,427,000 


VCU dedicated its new Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani Center for Life 
Sciences, named for the VCU president and his wife, on Nov. 15. 
The opening included a forum on bioterrorism to showcase the 
center's innovative course. Life Sciences 101, for freshman science 
majors. The course positions VCU in the forefront of American uni- 
versities in teaching life sciences, including biotechnology, forensics, 
environmental studies and bioinformatics (the analysis of genomic 
information by large computers) that likely will dominate 21st cen- 
tury scientific learning. 

Three VCU professors, involved in projects designed to counter 
bioterrorism, served as panelists in the one-hour special course session. 
Panelists were: 

• Dr. Richard Wenzel, an epidemiologist and VCU chairman of 
internal medicine who was named first editor-at-large of the 
New England Journal of Medicine. He is one of the few practicing 
physicians to have observed the nearly extinct disease of small- 
pox, which he encountered while training in Bangladesh. 

• Dr. Karen Kester, an entomologist and VCU assistant professor 
of biology, whose current research focuses on the use of insects 
as environmental sensors. 

• Dr. Denise Pettit, VCU adjunct professor of microbiology and 
immunology and special projects lead scientist at the Virginia 
Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. Pettit has a grant 
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aimed at 
countering the effects of anthrax and four other biological 
agents that terrorists could employ to spread such diseases as 
botulism, plaque, brucellosis and tularemia. 

The dedication of the $28.1 million Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani 
Center for Life Sciences followed the bioterrorism forum. About 600 
guests, including state and national leaders in the sciences and gov- 
ernment, toured the building, viewed video presentations and 
attended a gala reception and dinner. 

VCU's life sciences program won the 2001 Virginia Biotechnology 
Initiative Award in October at the joint awards banquet for the 
Virginia Biotechnology Association annual convention, and the 
Governor's Conference on Human Genomics, the Family and the 
Law, held in Alexandria, Va. 

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VCU recently added a PET scanner to its diagnostic imaging capabil- 
ities. The PET scanner, short for Positron Emission Tomography, 
takes images of the body that show changes in metabolic activity and 
chemistry at the cellular level. The scanner is just the first tool of the 
advanced imaging center opening in 2002 in the Gateway Building. 

Dr. James Tatum, VCU radiology chair, explains that advanced 
imaging comes at a time when scientists are making huge advances 
in understanding the molecular basis of disease, as more and more of 
the human genome is being mapped. A PET scanner, he says, "allows 
us to detect diseases early, develop new therapies and closely monitor 
the success of those therapies." 

PET scans can be used in numerous specialties, including heart 
and neurological disorders and many types of cancers. And they can 
be used at every stage of disease, from detection and measuring the 
extent of disease to monitoring a patient's response to treatment, 
providing early feedback on whether a therapy is working. 

The new Gateway imaging center, in partnership with General 
Electric, also will feature a high-resolution MR] scanner, a MicroPET 
scanner for research, and a cyclotron, which will produce radioisotopes 
needed for both PET scanners' clinical and research applications. 

Moving to a doctorate 

Future VCU physical therapy graduate students will earn a doctorate 
degree instead of the current master's degree. Dr. Mary Snyder Shall 
'91PhD/M-BH, department interim chair and associate professor, said 
the new three-year program, slated to begin fall 2002, "will allow us 
to maintain our leadership role among physical therapy programs 
nationally." The department's graduate program is ranked 15th 
nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Current master's students, 
scheduled to graduate in May 2002, may choose to continue in the 
program toward a doctorate or to graduate with a master's degree. 

•Scripting 'ER' at VCU 

You won't see actual scenes filmed at VCU, but scenarios and tech- 
niques picked up at VCU may find their way onto the longtime hit 
NBC television show 'ER.' This summer, 'ER' writer Elizabeth 
Hunter spent two days in MCV Hospitals' emergency room observing 
procedures, talking with staff and soaking up the environment in 
hopes of uncovering material for future episodes. 

Hunter said, "We had heard about your facility and some of the 
innovative things VCU is doing in the field of emergency medicine 
from one of our show's staff physicians." She added, "you have a 
smart approach to emergency medicine." Dr. Joseph Ornato, VCU 
emergency medicine chair, arranged the visit, in part, to "help pro- 
vide a reality check" for television writers, so they may represent 
"the true professional care that is provided." 

Hunter spent day and evening shifts in the trauma and other 
treatment areas, including the pediatric emergency unit. She said she 
was particularly impressed with the department's close collaboration 
with the city's EMS system, the chest-pain triage initiative, the 
department's patient volume and the overall level of care provided. 

New neurosurgical center 

Already home to a top neurotrauma program, the VCU Health 
System, in July, opened the Harold F. Young Neurosurgical Center. 
It is named for the nationally recognized chairman of neurosurgery 
at MCV Hospitals. "This is a center for the people," said Dr. Young. 
"It will be an active, dynamic and progressive care center that will 
bring together the very best science and experience can offer." 

The center, at the MCV Hospitals' Ambulatory Care Center, will 
provide patients the best treatment and research in areas of pediatric 
neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, restorative neurosurgery, neurovascular 
and neurotrauma. The center also will treat traumatic spine injuries 
and perform reconstructive procedures. Among the many funding 
sources, a grateful patient of Dr. Young's pledged $2 million to 
establish the Harold Young Chair in Neurosurgery. In his 29th year 
at MCV Hospitals, Dr. Young created a surgical team that is among 
the nation's leading head-trauma programs, generating more than 
$25 million in National Institutes of Health research grants. 

Preventing maltreatment 
of the disabled 

The Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities at VCU won 
a $300,000 grant to educate health professionals to better prevent, 
recognize and intervene in cases of maltreatment of individuals with 
disabilities. The three-year Project of 
National Significance Award was granted 
by the Administration on Developmental 
Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health 
and Human Services. 

VIDD will collaborate with universities 
in seven states and protection and advoca- 
cy agencies in five states to address deficits 
in the knowledge and skills of health care 
professionals. VIDD also will develop 
Web-based content for a broader audience. 

Dr. Fred Orelove, executive director, 
says the VIDD is "delighted to receive 
this recognition as a leader, both within 
Virginia and nationally," adding that the 
grant allows the institute "to build on 
a successful track record in the area of abuse and disabilities." 

Recent studies show that individuals with disabilities are more 
likely to be maltreated than their non-disabled peers. 

"There is so much that health professionals can do to prevent 
this type of maltreatment," says Dr. Ann Cox, project director. Cox 
believes the institute's job "will be to help them realize the magni- 
tude of the issue and provide accessible information designed to 
enhance their knowledge and skills." 

Poison control: 
nationwide and toll-free 

VCU's Virginia Poison Center earned a $387,741 federal grant to 
raise public awareness and educate residents about its participation 
in a new program that links poison centers nationwide. "Poison 
centers are using funds made available through these federal grants 
to develop, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention, a single nationwide toll-free poison control number, 
said Dr. S. Rutherford Rose, Virginia Poison Center (VPC) director 
and emergency medicine associate professor. 

The three-year award from the U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services will allow the VPC to increase marketing, add a 
seventh poison information specialist and upgrade computer 

Dr. Ann Cox 

systems. The VPC received the largest grant available, due to its 
regional service area of nearly 2.4 million people and 42 acute care 
hospitals in central and eastern Virginia. With nearly 80 calls a day 
and more than 30,000 annually, the center offers service 24 hours a 
day, seven days a week. Calls are answered by registered nurses with 
acute care or critical care experience. 

Studying nicotine and marijuana 

VCU researchers won a $7.9 million NIH grant to study nicotine and 
marijuana receptors in the body and the effects of acute and chronic 
drug abuse exposure. The five-year award will fund eight concurrent 
research projects in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Center for 
Drug Abuse Research at VCU, led primarily by investigators from 
the schools of medicine and pharmacy. 

Two projects will focus on nicotine, which is generating interest 
as a possible analgesic. But Dr. Billy Martin, NIDA center director 
and chair of pharmacology and toxicology, says, "there are other 
effects that aren't desirable such as changes in blood pressure. We 
know nicotine acts on a system that interacts with pain pathways, so 
there's something here for us to learn about the mechanism of pain 
perception." Six more projects will involve marijuana, concentrating 
on tolerance, dependence, receptors in the body, and potential links 
to the immune system. 

Wenzel first NEJM e d i to r- at-l a r g e 

Ttie New England Journal of Medicine appointed Dr. Richard P. Wenzel, 
VCU internal medicine chairman, its first editor-at-large this fall. 
One of the world's most prestigious academic publications, NEJM 
sought an independent editor in an attempt to minimize 
conflict of interest. Wenzel, an internationally recognized expert on 
infectious disease, is a frequently sought editorialist among leading 
medical publications for his vision of the field. In his new appoint- 
ment, he will choose referees to evaluate submissions, review resulting 
critiques and make final acceptance or rejection decisions. 

Women lead the way 

Dr. Karen Sanders, professor of internal medicine, was among 45 
women nationwide selected for a prestigious leadership program for 
women in medicine, the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership 
in Academic Medicine Program for Women (ELAM). The program 
has chosen four VCU professors since 1994. 

Well-known in the School of Medicine as the driving force 
behind many key initiatives, Sanders is a founding member of the 
MCV Women in Medicine Faculty Organization, and she chairs the 
medical school's committee on the Status of Women and Minorities. 
She said she is looking forward to "learning from other women and 
then bringing that shared knowledge back to benefit our school." 
During the program, Sanders will do a yearlong fellowship focusing 
on the skills, perspectives and knowledge for effective management 
in academic health centers. 

"ELAM is arguably the best leadership development program for 
women in medicine in the country," said Dr. H.H. Newsome, dean 
of the School of Medicine. "It is an exceptional testament to the 
quality of our faculty that we have had four women chosen to partic- 
ipate in the past seven years." 

Pet your dog, 

and call me in the morning 

Do animals hold special healing powers for humans? A new VCU 
center attempts to discover the answer to this and other questions 
involving the health benefits of interaction with companion animals. 
The VCU Center for Human- Animal Interaction is a national first. 
Such centers usually reside at veterinary schools. The School of 
Medicine will house VCU's center. 

Dr. Sandra Barker, center director, professor of psychiatry, and 
adjunct professor in Virginia Tech's Veterinary College Department 
of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, has published numerous studies 

on therapeutic benefits of the 
human-animal bond, including 
a 1998 study showing that psy- 
chiatric patients' anxiety levels 
significantly decreased after 
spending just 30 minutes with 
a therapy dog. 

Barker calls the field, 
"emerging. . . with more evi- 
dence coming to light about 
the health benefits of interact- 
ing with companion animals." 
She adds, "VCU is seen as one 
of the leaders because of some 
of the work we've already com- 
pleted in this area." 

In addition to research, center services include pet-loss counseling 
services, animal-assisted therapy to help patients meet treatment 
goals with certified therapy animals, and animal-assisted activities 
or pet visitation to soothe anxious hospital patients facing serious 
medical treatments. Collaborating will be faculty in family practice 
medicine, preventative medicine, psychology, addiction psychiatry, 
business, pharmacy, rehabilitation counseling and gerontology. 

"The patients tell us they love having the therapy dogs come to 
visit them, and we have seen some remarkable patient improvement 
following some of these interactions," said Barker. 

woolf elected 

to Institute of Medicine 

Dr. Steven H. Woolf, professor and director of research in the 
Department of Family Practice, became VCU's fourth professor 
elected to the highly prestigious National Academy of Sciences' 
Institute of Medicine. VCU President Eugene Trani calls Woolf 
"an intellectual giant in medicine," adding "this is a great honor for 
Dr. Woolf to be elected and reflects well, once again, on the quality 
of researchers at VCU." 

Woolf s work focuses on health services research and medicine 
based on extensive scientific review. He is author of 60 articles and 
two books, and he consults with government agencies and profes- 
sional organizations on methods for reviewing scientific facts and 
on matters related to preventative medicine. Woolf also is a member 
of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, is active nationally in 
health services research and public policy, and has consulted in 
Europe as a visiting scholar. 

The Institute of Medicine's mission is to enhance health care by 
providing objective scientific information about health policy to the 
public, government and corporations. 

When Morkoc and Kendler talk. . . 

Two VCU scientists, Dr. Hadis Morkoc and Dr. Kenneth Kendler, 
are among the most quoted scholars in the world, according to a 
recent survey, and two of only three Virginia researchers on the list. 
The survey, compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information 
(ISI), studied scholarly documents published between 1981 and 1999 
to determine the most often cited sources. 

Kendler, professor of psychiatry and human genetics and co- 
director of VCU's Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral 
Genetics, was a reference more than 9,000 times, frequently in neu- 
roscience. Many citations reflect his studies integrating the methods 
of psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric genetics and molecular 
genetics that determine the role of genetic and environmental risk 
factors in the development and expression of mental illness and 
drug abuse. 

Morkoc, professor of electrical engineering, was cited for his 
work in electrical engineering and physics, with more than 15,000 
mentions, many relating to his invention and development of tran- 
sistors used in telecommunications. 

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Diapers on battlefields? Not exactly, but VCU researchers have devel- 
oped a new high-tech bandage for the U.S. Army, called the Bio 
Hemostat, that chief investigator Dr. Marcus Carr likens to Pampers 
diapers. Carr, professor of internal medicine, pathology and biomedical 
engineering, says the device's fibrous material can absorb about 
1 ,400 times its weight and 
expands as it absorbs, making 
it a better alternative than the 
ages-old battlefield tourniquet. 

"The good thing about a 
tourniquet is it stops all blood 
flow," says Carr, who also is 
president of Hemodyne Inc., 
located in the Virginia Biotech- 
nology Research Park. "But the 
bad thing is it can cause compli- 
cations, such as nerve damage 
and blood stoppage, that 
increase the risk of amputation." 
The BioHemostat expands when 
wet to fill a wound and stop 
arterial bleeding, allowing blood * ,c ™ 1 
to continue flowing to other parts of 

the limb and reducing amputation risks. A medic or another soldier 
can insert the device into a wound until removed by a surgeon. 

Two-thirds of all combat-related deaths are from bleeding, and 
80 percent of those deaths occur within 15 minutes of injury. What's 
more, military statistics show that the limb amputation rate resulting 
from battlefield arterial wounds has not improved since World War II. 
Carr cites consumer use as well: 50 percent of all civilian trauma 
deaths are from bleeding. He presented his early work at a U.S. 
Department of Defense conference in Florida on Sept. 1 1 . The device 
has received national exposure, including coverage in the Boston Globe. 

OxyContin maker 

hires former vcu professor 

Dr. Sidney Schnoll, former addiction and pain medicine specialist 
at VCU, will serve as medical director for health policy for Purdue 
Pharma L.P., the company that in the last year has come under heavy 
fire over abuse of its painkiller OxyContin. 

Schnoll, who will lead a team of outside consultants studying 
diversion and misuse of prescription drugs such as OxyContin, 
pointed out, "We have to balance the fact that there are patients who 
get amazing benefits they have not gotten before," as reported in the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

OxyContin is available in a variety of potencies and designed to 
be released in the blood stream over a period of hours, bringing 
long-lasting pain control. But addicts are crushing the pills and 
either injecting or snorting the powder for a fast high. Illegal use 
of the drug has sparked an unprecedented crime wave in parts of 
Southwest Virginia and most recently in Northern Virginia. 

Schnoll said Purdue Pharma's educational courses for physicians 
are nonpromotional, and plans are underway to produce a form of 
the drug that's harder to abuse. 

program top rated 

Long-distance learning is proving to be a fruitful venture for VCU's 
School of Allied Health Professions and its students. The school's 
innovative health-related sciences Ph.D. program was ranked among 
the best in the nation in the first quartile of the 2000 National Doc- 
toral Program Survey. 

Allied Health Professions Dean Cecil B. Drain said the school 
"is certainly gratified" to see the distance-learning program earn this 
recognition just three years from its inception, adding that the pro- 
gram "has already become a benchmark for other distance-learning 
programs across the country." The program offers specialty tracks 
in clinical laboratory sciences, gerontology, health administration, 
nurse anesthesia, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiation 
sciences and rehabilitation leadership. 

The school also had five departments ranked as top programs in 
the nation in the U.S. News and World 
Report 2001 rankings. 

Easier and earlier 
detection of 
heart attacks 

A Maryland company hopes its new elec- 
trocardiac mapping system, called Prime, 
will someday replace the traditional but 
often troubled electrocardiogram, or ECG, 
the standard instrument for detecting 
heart attacks for almost 60 years. 

Today's ECG, or EKG, uses 12 sensors 
to measure electrical signals emitted by a 
patient's heart, but, some estimates find it 
frequently fails to detect up to 60 percent 
of heart attacks because it can't spot dam- 
age in several key areas. 
Dr. Joseph Ornato, VCU professor and chair of emergency medi- 
cine, has been testing the new device for two years for Meridian 
Medical Technologies, Inc. "We've all known for some time that the 
12-lead ECG is the best we had, but it has important limitations. One 
of the real innovations of the Prime system is the transformation of 
data. The Prime system is processing that information and making 
a pictorial display. It becomes very easy. . .to see if something is 
wrong," Ornato told the Washington Post News Service. 

Using 80 sensors and computer software, Prime is designed to 
detect heart attacks earlier and more accurately. Meridian claims 
early test results are very encouraging, and the company hopes the 
FDA will green light its sale in the U.S. within six months. 


This summer, VCU's Massey Cancer Center began enrolling men in 
the largest-ever prostate cancer prevention study, conducted by the 
National Cancer Institute. VCU is one of 400 sites in the U.S., Puerto 
Rico and Canada participating in the study. The trial will involve 
testing more than 32,000 men (more than 100 at VCU) on whether 
two dietary supplements, selenium and vitamin E, can protect 
against prostate cancer. Dr. Unyime Nseyo, VCU chair of urology 
and principal investigator of the VCU leg of the study, said this trial 
will give a definitive answer about whether the two supplements help 
prevent prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause 
of death among men in the U.S., striking African-American men at a 
younger age and higher rate. 

High-tech heart surgery 

A VCU cardiology professor is turning heads across the country for 
his cutting-edge research in treating heart patients with laser surgery. 
Dr. On Topaz recently had two studies published in well-respected 
professional journals. The first study, in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 



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showed the safety and feasibility of using excimer laser angioplasty 
to treat patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). The 
second study, in a European/American peer-reviewed journal called 
Thrombosis and Haemostasis, found that the same excimer laser 
energy significantly diminishes the ability of platelets to aggregate 
into thrombus (a blood clot in the vascular system). Thrombus 
formation in the coronary arteries is the primary cause of heart 
attacks and severe chest pain and is a complicating factor during 
angioplasty procedures. 

New cochlear implant device 

VCU has served as one of the largest clinical trial sites in the U.S. for 
an advanced cochlear implant device recently approved by the F.D.A. 
University researchers already have successfully implanted the new 
device in more than 40 adults and children. 

Cochlear implants, developed by the company MED-EL, aid indi- 
viduals with mild to severe hearing loss by taking over the job of the 
cochlea or inner ear. Hearing loss often is caused when the cochlear 
nerve cannot send sound information to the brain. The implant uses 
a microphone that picks up sound and turns it into electrical signals, 
which pass through the implant and are transmitted to the brain as 
sound. The implants, available since 1977, first required a large, 
bulky battery, but the new device is the first system that sits entirely 
behind the ear. 

"About two thirds of the patients we have implanted have been 
children," says Dr. Suzanne Hasenstab, VCU director of audiology 
who has led the VCU cochlear implant program for 15 years. "These 
are kids whose lives are going to be completely different and better 
because of the cochlear implant." 

New findings may 

improve hepatitis c treatment 

A new VCU study shows that the effectiveness of a hepatitis C drug 
can now be determined much earlier than ever before. Dr. Mitchell 
Shiffman, VCU chief of hepatology, co-authored the study analyzing 
data from a Phase-3 study of pegylated interferon alfa-2a (Pegasys), 
a longer acting form of the medication interferon, the only known 
medication for treating the hepatitis C virus, a blood-borne disease 
that attacks the liver. 

The data revealed that patients who respond well after 12 weeks 
of treatment on the pegylated interferon, taken along with the anti- 
viral drug ribavirin, are more likely to respond to the medication 
long term. Before now, the waiting period was six months. 

Shiffman says these results will mean better care for patients. 
Interferon treatment generally involves year-long treatment, with 
possible severe side effects, including flu-like symptoms, depression, 
dizziness and nausea. "Committing to one year of therapy is difficult 
for many patients," says Shiffman, adding that the new waiting period 
makes it a "more reasonable time frame for them." VCU is one of 
about 40 sites worldwide studying the drug. 


A first-year 
medical student 
at VCU is a sure 
sign of the times. 
Nicole Kissane 
came to medical 
school with a 
nationally promi- 
nent research 
study already 
under her belt — 
a simplified sign 
system she devel- 
oped to help 

autistic children and adult stroke victims communicate with their 
families. The project received national coverage from NBC's "Today" 
show, The Washington Post and CNN, and Kissane was chosen as one 
of the CosmoGirls! of the year by CosmoGirl! magazine. 

Kissane says she's excited that her undergraduate thesis "is not 
just going to gather dust on a shelf. It could radically change lives." 
She and fellow researchers put the new system on a Web site 
(, which, to their surprise, received thou- 
sands of hits. Kissane was swamped with emails from grateful families, 
who in some cases were communicating with their children for the 
first time. 

She first learned about the project after enrolling in a child 
psychology class as a freshman at U.Va. The idea behind the project, 
headed by psychology professor John Bonvillian, was to develop a 
simple sign system, which would be more universal and easier to use 
than American Sign Language. Kissane joined the project and spent 
the next three years immersed in the research as she developed a 
system of 500 signs, the Web site and a future manual. 

Kissane, who has always wanted to go to medical school, dreams 
of becoming a surgeon. "VCU was my first choice. I'd heard from 
surgeons that this was the place to be." 

Positive responses 

key for child abuse victims 

Responding positively when a child reports sexual abuse may save 
him or her from a lifetime of psychiatric or substance abuse prob- 
lems, according to a new study by a team of VCU researchers. The 
study, in the November British Journal of Psychiatry, found that a 
supportive response and effective action can reduce the risk for 
development of psychiatric disorders, and that the characteristics 
of abuse also contribute to risk. 

"A positive response that brings an end to an abusive situation is 
important because the victim will feel they had some degree of control 
over their environment during a seemingly uncontrollable time," 
said Dr. Cynthia Bulik, VCU associate professor of psychiatry and 
lead author. "We've known for several years that there is a connec- 
tion between childhood sexual abuse and development of psychiatric 
disorders. These new findings specifically identify which characteristics 
of a sexually abusive situation put victims at greater risk and which 
actions reduced risk." 

Near-record donations 

VCU celebrated its second greatest fund-raising year in University 
history with more than $33.8 million in donations last fiscal year, a 
38 percent increase over the previous year. In 1998-1999 fiscal year, 
the University raised $35 million, but, as VCU President Eugene 
Trani pointed out, "We were in the last year of our 'Partners for 
Progress' campaign. Considering this is a noneampaign year, the 
$33.8 million is truly remarkable." 

Heart Center exceeds goal 

The VCU Heart Center's recent fund-raising campaign was a rousing 
success, with more than $8.2 million raised — exceeding its goal 
by $1.4 million. New funds will support education, clinical care 
and research, with five new professorships and a cardiology chair 
created, $2 million funding a new chest-pain initiative, and $1.5 
million supporting research, including fellowships. The Theresa A. 
Thomas Memorial Foundation kicked off the campaign with a 
$2 million challenge grant and later made another $1 million gift 
to create an endowment supporting nurses and other nonphysician 
Heart Center staff. 

Dr. George Vetrovec, VCU cardiology chairman and Heart Center 
director, said, "Our goal is to improve the lives of people by advancing 
the boundaries of medicine through research and with excellent 
patient care." 

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* Life Member of the MCV Alumni Association 
of VCU 

Our mistake: 

In the last issue, Constance Bak should 
have been listed as Constance Bak 
'81MS (CLS)/AH. 


"Walter Dickey '44DDS retired 
in 1 993 after 48 years of dental prac- 
tice. Dickey spent a few of those years 
working with his son, Floyd Dickey 
'83DDS. He also was a consultant for 
the Virginia Western Dental School. 
Dickey lives in Roanoke, VA and 
would like to hear from classmates. 
"Jenny Fratrick '47BS/N and 
"Albert Fratrick '58MD recently 
celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary. They are both retired 
and enjoying life in Appomattox, VA. 
*lra Gould '44DDS isenjoying 
retirement at his home in Virginia 
Beach after 52 years of dentistry. He 
would love to hear from classmates. 
"Thomas Iden '44MD was one 
of four classmates, at the time he 
entered MCV, that had had a father 
attend MCV. His father was Carroll 
Iden '15MD. 


"John "Jack" Jones '57MD 
and "Margaret Jones '61MD 

both recently retired. Jack retired 
from the department of medicine in 
the College of Human Medicine, 
Michigan State University in June, 
after 32 years and is now professor 
emeritus. For his first 14 years with 
the school he developed and imple- 
mented Problem-Based Curricula for 
the students to use during their first 
two years. This was well before Prob- 
lem-Based Curricula became a popu- 
lar mode of medical education and 
spread to other schools of medicine. 
In 1985, after a year of retraining in 
geriatric medicine at the University of 
Edinburgh, Scotland, Jack, along with 
two other members of the faculty, 
developed a multidisciplinary geri- 
atric assessment clinic in Lansing, 
MI, where he continues to work part 
time since retiring from the university. 
Margaret also retired from MSU after 
a career in neuropathology and 
research in molecular biology. She 
recently graduated from Garrett 

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Evangelical Seminary and is now 
completing extra training in clinical 
pastoral care while working on the 
ordination process to become a United 
Methodist minister. "Life for both of 
us has been exciting and challenging 
and who knows what the future has 
in store!" says Margaret. 


Joseph Morrison Jr. '69 H S M 

has been elected chairman of the 
board for Chatham-Savannah Youth 
Futures Authority. Morrison has 
been a member since 1991 and has 
served on the executive committee 
for several years. 

"Joseph Parker Jr. 62 M D is 
resigning as chair of the Pathology 
and Lab Medical at the University 
of Louisville but will remain on the 
faculty as director of neuropathology 
and as pathology residency program 

"Robert Taber '63PhD(P&T) 
/M-BH has been appointed to the 
Palatin Technologies, Inc. board of 
directors. Taber is the co-founder 
and chief executive officer of Message 
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a private start-up 
biotechnology company developing 
a drug discovery platform based on 
RNA regulations. He was also the 
first recipient of the DuPont Merck 
Research and Development Award of 
Excellence. Taber has authored over 
50 papers and abstracts. 
"Peter Trager '68DDS has been 
elected chairman of the Council of 
Insurance and Retirement Programs 
for the American Dental Association. 
Trager lives in Marietta, GA. 

William Adams '74MHA 

( H A )/A H is the president and CEO for 
Reston Hospital Center in Reston, VA. 
"James Bowman III '79MD 

recently received an MS in Manage- 
ment from NC State University 
College of Management. Bowman 
is now an associate medical director 
with CIGNA Healthcare of North 
Carolina in Raleigh. 
Ranes Chakravorty '72HS-M 
recently retired from his position as 
professor of surgery at the University 

of Virginia and surgeon with the 
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 
Salem, VA. 

"Joan Corder-Mabe '70BS/N 
'81MS/N has been promoted to 
director for the Division of Women's 
and Infant's Health at the Virginia 
Department of Health. 
James Hamilton '76BS(B) 
/Hum&Sci '79MD is the president 
of the medical executive council of 
Rappahannock General Hospital. 
Hamilton is in private practice at 
Rappahannock OB-Gyn Medical. 
Bill Harrington '78MD and 
family are still living in Midlothian, 
VA and all is well. Harrington is off 
to Kigoma in February to relieve the 
missionary doctors for two weeks. His 
spare time is filled with the outreach 
ministry, pastor search team, and 
leadership in a practical spirituality 
discussion at church. 
W. Emory Lewis Jr. '77MD 
has joined the Northern Neck State 
Bank's advisory board, which serves 
Northumberland and Lancaster in VA. 
Lewis has a private family medicine 
practice and is a member ot many pro- 
fessional associations and organizations. 
Mark Montgomery '77MHA 
(HA)/ AH is the new human 
resources director for St. Luke's 
Hospital in Bluefield, WV. 
Mark Parrington '77MHA 
(HA)/ AH is the new vice president 
for system integration and develop- 
ment at Cleveland Clinic Health 
System in Cleveland, OH. 
**A. Wright Pond Sr. '70DDS 
had his business named "Business of 
the Month for March" by the Colo- 
nial Heights Chamber of Commerce. 
"Richard Sedwick '75MD 
recently passed the board certification 
for the American Board of Obstetrics 
and Gynecology. He is a member of 
many boards and organizations and is 
a fellow in the American College of 


Sam Ballou '84BS/N received 
Alleghany Regional Hospital's 2000 
Frist Humanitarian Award for 
employee of the year, which is the 
highest honor bestowed upon an 
employee within the Hospital Corpo- 
ration of America, the parent company 


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of ARH. Ballou works in the intensive 
care and emergency department. He 
has been instrumental to the Dabney S. 
Lancaster Community College Precep- 
torship Program and much of its suc- 
cess is attributed to him. He also gives 
cardiac lectures to the nursing students 
at the college on his own time. 
Thomas Bassler Jr. '89MD 
has joined the staff of Holy Family 
Hospital in Spokane, WA as a staff 

LeeAliison Boris '87BS/P 
currently works for Indian River 
Pharmacy in Vero Beach, FL and does 
nursing home consulting. 
Pamela Davis '80MD is region 
medical director for Merck and Com- 
pany, Inc. Davis lives in Scottsdale, AZ. 
*L. Beth McEwen Hungate 
'88BS/N '95MS/N '98Cert 
(NP)/N andH.D., her husband, are 
celebrating the November 6, 2000, 
birth of Kendall Rose. The family lives 
in Manakin-Sabot, VA. 
Delia Corbin-Johnson '89BS/P 
and husband, Larry, are pleased to 
announce the birth of Jahnise India, on 
September 27. She joins brother James. 
Corbin-Johnson is employed with 
Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA. 
Ann Dinius '89Cert(G)/AH 
retired in January as professor-emeritus 
from the University of New Mexico. 
Dinius was formerly an associate pro- 
fessor in the VCU School of Dentistry 
and also the founding director of the 
Division of Dental Hygiene. 
Daniel Garfinkel '81MD has 
joined the staff at Salem Family 
Health Center as a family practice 

Shelia Hai ley- Walters 
'86BS(DH)/D and her husband 
Steve, are happy to announce the 
birth of their third child, John Andre, 
on December 5. John joins brother, 
Kyle, and sister, Hailey. Hailey- Walters 
is the owner of RDH Relief, Ltd., a 
temporary hygiene support agency. 
The family lives in Chesterfield, VA. 
Pamela Hannaman-Pittman 
'84MS(BC)/M recently completed 
her N. D. (Doctor of Naturopathic 
Medicine) degree from Bastyr Uni- 
versity in June. She is now a resident 
at Bastyr Center for Natural Health 
and is a licensed ND, practicing as a 
primary care provider in Seattle, WA. 
Michael Kerner '85MS (HA)/AH 
has been appointed executive vice 
president/administrator for Bon Sec- 
ours St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond. 
Anne Vilushis '83BS(PT)/AH 
is working for Rehab Associates of 
Central Virginia. 

Denise Allan! "91MHA(HA)/AH 

is a risk manager with Bon Secours 
Health System in Richmond. 
•Eric Bell '95MS(HA)/AH is 
the new Virginia Medicaid Director. 
Lisa Berry '94BS/N married 
Walter Smith on September 15, 2001. 
Berry is a registered nurse at the 
Hematology and Oncology Associa- 
tion and Smith works on his family's 
dairy farm. The couple lives in 
Beaverdam, VA. 

John Boyles '91DDS and wife, 
Betsy, are pleased to announce the 
birth of Alexa Markley on October 4, 
2000. Alexa is the granddaughter of 
Robert Markley '57DDS and 
the niece of Robin Brown '83MS 
(SWJ/SW. The family lives in 
Staunton, VA. 

William Bradley III '95MD is 
currently at the New York Eye and 
Ear Infirmary as attending in Cornea 

**David Buck '99MD married 
Jennifer Underwood on May 26, 2001. 
Buck is employed by VCU in the 
department of radiation oncology. Mrs. 
Buck is employed by NAMCP Associ- 
ates. The couple lives in Richmond. 
Mason Carlyon '93BS(B)/Hum&Sci 
'99PhD(M&l)/M married Cheryl 
Hensley on May 19, 2001 in VA 
Beach. The couple lives in New 
Haven, CT. 

Kelly Clark '90BS/P and Eric 
Collins have been married for a few 
years. Clark is currently the assistant 
director of pharmacy at Johnston 
Memorial Hospital where she has prac- 
ticed for the last eight years. Collins is a 
quality engineer for Bristol Compres- 
sors. They live in Abingdon, VA 
Mike Esposito '98MS(HA)/AH 
has joined the staff at Redmond 
Regional Medical Center as chief 
operations officer. He and his family 
live in Rome, GA. 

"Scott Gayner '93MD isafacial 
plastic surgeon in private practice in 
Harrisburg, PA. 

Lance Grenevicki '93DDS 
' 9 7 M D is an oral and maxillofacial 
surgeon in private practice in West 
Melbourne, FL. 

Nikki Hess Grepiotis '95BS/P 
and her husband, Mike are happy to 
announce the birth of Hunter James, 
on August 7, 2001. The family lives in 
Glen Allen. 

Robyn Matney Haren '90BS/N 
'95MS/N has created and will 
operate Nurses World in Richmond. 
The store will offer products to both 
students and professional nurses. 

Debra Haselton '94DDS is an 

assistant professor at the University of 
Iowa College of Dentistry. 
Wendy Hookman '95MD is in 
private practice in Washington, DC. 
Brenda Jeffries '93BS/N 
'95MS/N has joined Culpeper Family 
Practice. Brenda was recently with 
CMA as a nurse practitioner. Jeffries 
and her family live in Culpeper, VA. 
"'Valencia Jones '9SMD 
married James Williams on September 
8, 2001 . She is currently practicing 
family medicine in Danville, VA. 
Susan Kerrigan '91MD, 
husband William and big brother 
Quinn would like to announce the 
birth of twins, Michael McCallum 
and Patrick Daniel born on November 
29, 2001. The family lives in Mt. 
Pleasant, SC. 

Mark Kiefer '94MD has joined 
the practice of Donald Bias, MD at 
Lincolnton Medical Group in NC. 
Before joining the Medical Group 
Kiefer was at the Naval Hospital in 
Guam and was an assistant professor 
of family medicine at the Uniformed 
Services University of the Health 
Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He offers 
services in adult medicine, women's 
health care, pediatrics, geriatrics and 
minor surgery. 

Frank Kim '90MD has joined the 
medical staff at MidMichigan Medical 
Center in Midland, MI. Kim is a 
board-certified urologist. 
Lea Langdon '98MS(P)/M 
married Matthew Mahoney on 
September 29, 2001. Langdon is a 
fourth-year medical student at VCU. 
Mahoney is an associate with Hunton 
and Williams law firm. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Sara Larch '92MS(HA)/AH was 
recently named chair of the board for 
the Medical Group Management 
Association and is the second woman 
to hold this position. She is currently 
chief operating officer for University 
Physicians, Inc. 

Michael Lin '93BS(C)/Hum&Sci 
'98MD is a family physician at 
Blue Ridge Family Health Center in 
Warrenton, VA. 
**Allison Lucas '93BS/P and 

**Timothy Lucas '93BS/P 
opened the DownHome Pharmacy in 
Roanoke, VA. 

"Brian McAndrew '99MD is 

an oral and maxillofacial surgeon 

with Oral Surgery Associates in 


Jeffrey McBath '96BS/P is 

currently a staff pharmacist for Vons 

in Palmdale, CA. 

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"John Monzon '95MS(HA)/AH 

is a reimbursement manager with 
Ortho Biotech in Charlestown, MA. 
Samir Patel '95MD isaradiolo- 
gist with Radiology, Inc. in Granger, IN. 
Paige Perkins '97BS/N married 
Brian Fitzgerald on May 19, 2001. 
Perkins is employed by Stonewall 
Jackson Hospital in Lexington. The 
newlyweds live in Natural Bridge, VA. 
Tricia Perkinson '98BS/N 
'99MS/N and Gregory Cole 
'01DDS were married on September 
8. The couple lives in Allentown, PA., 
where Cole is completing his dental 
residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital. 
Darren Phipps '99DDS was 
appointed adjunct professor of 
surgery in the Department of Oral 
and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Dart- 
mouth College Medical School in 
Hanover, NH. 

Brandan Roseberry '99BS 
(OTI/AH andKevin Clifford 
'99BS(B) /Hum&Sci were united 
in marriage on June 30, 2001. 
Deryn Schiff '95MS( RO/AH 
andAlex Feria 00BS/N were 
united in marriage on August 4, 2001. 
Schiff is a quality assurance coordinator 
at Rehab Management, Inc., and Feria 
is a sales manager at Commonwealth 
Medical Equipment. The couple lives 
in Glen Allen. 

"Grace Silverstein '99BS/N 
recently received the CRRN by the 
Rehabilitation Nursing Certification 
Board. She is employed at Sheltering 
Arms Hospital, an acute rehabilitation 
hospital in Richmond. 
Tiffany Snidow '97MS(RC)/AH 
married Mr. Daniel Barribeau on 
October 27, 2001. Snidow is a therapist 
at Tucker's Pavilion at Chippenham 
Hospital and with Insight Physicians. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 
Michelle Marks Thompson 
'93BS/P and husband, Roy are 
pleased to announce the birth of 
Matthew Roy, on May 10, 2001. The 
family lives in Purcellville, VA. 
Faith Walker Trent '90BS(B| 
/Hum&Sci 93D0S andDwight 
Trent '88BS(A)/B alongwith 
their son Redding, are happy to 
announce the birth of Sarah Lynne, 
on February 11, 2000. In August 
2001, Faith joined the practice of Dr. 
Janis L. Stein, DDS. She enjoys prac- 
ticing all aspects of Family Dentistry. 
Dwight is the chief financial officer tor 
Hilb, Rogal and Hamilton Company 
of Virginia and also is the regional 
controller for the company's Mid- 
Atlantic region. The family lives 
in Richmond. 

Diana VanLandingham '91 B S 
(RN-BSNj/N '97MS/N has 
joined the staff of Northern Neck Free 
Health Clinic as a nurse practitioner. 
Valerie Vann '97BS/P married 
Christian Meek on October 13, 2001. 
Vann is a pharmacy manager with Wal- 
greens. The couple lives in Glen Allen. 
Edmond Wickham III '99MD 
married Jennifer Blankinship on Octo- 
ber 6, 2001 . Wickham is completing 
his residency at VCU in internal medi- 
cine and pediatrics. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

Elizabeth Williamson '95BS/N 
married William Robert Compton Jr. 
on September 22, 2001. Williamson is 
a labor and delivery nurse at St. Mary's 
Hospital and Compton works for 
Richmond Express Courier Service. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 
Aimee Witter '95BS/P recently 
joined the staff of the Wellness Phar- 
macy in Winchester, VA. She will 
provide compounding and physician 
marketing services. 

Kristen Bailey 01BS/N was 

united in marriage to Christopher 
Grubbs on October 6, 2001. Bailey is 
an ER nurse at Chippenham Medical 
Center and Grubbs is a regional vice 
president for ING Annuities. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 
Danielle Beatty 01MS(PT)/AH 
had an October 6 wedding to Michael 
Burton. The couple lives in Amelia, VA. 
Jason Cecil 01MHA(HA)/AH 
is a presidential management intern 
with the Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention, Office of Genetics 
and Disease Prevention in Richmond. 
Diana Cichewicz 00PhD(P&T)/M 
is post doctoral in the Department of 
Pharmacology at VCU. 
Gregory Cole 01DDS and 
Tricia Perkinson '99BS/N 
'99MS/N were married on Septem- 
ber 8. The couple lives in Allentown, 
PA, where Cole is completing his dental 
residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital. 
Amy Hart OIBS/N married 
Raymond Quarles on September 8. 
The couple lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 
Allison Hughes 01MS(PT)/AH 
andCory Wirt 01MS(PT)/AH 
were married on October 6. They are 
both physical therapists, Hughes with 
Southside Rehab Services and Wirt 
with Ashland Rehab. The couple lives 
in Midlothian, VA. 

Ronald McKinney 01DPHA 

married Christian Fox on September 
22, 200 1 . McKinney is employed by 
CVS Pharmacy in Louisa, VA. The 
couple lives in Goochland. 
Pamela O'Neal OOPhD/N is 
a leader in the research of ventilator- 
associated pneumonia and is one of 
three nurses in the nation evaluating 
the phenomenon. She received fund- 
ing from the National Institute of 
Health. "As many as 90 percent of 
mechanically ventilated patients will 
develop ventilator-associated pneu- 
monia while they are in critical care. 
As high as 71 percent of those patients 
may die. Therefore, the goal behind 
my research is to make a difference in 
the care of patients at the bedside," 
said O'Neal. She was recently named as 
One of the Most Influential Georgians. 
O'Neal lives in Locust Grove with 
her husband. 

Tina Reynolds 01 BS(CLS)/AH 
was united in marriage to Marcus 
Johnson on September 15, 2001. The 
new Mrs. Johnson is employed with 
VCLJ and Mr. Johnson is employed 
with Residex Inc. The couple lives in 
Chesterfield County, VA. 
Sheri Shields OODPHA and 
Mitchell Slattery 01DPHA 
were married on October 20. Shields 
is employed with Buford Road Phar- 
macy and Slattery is employed by 
Ukrops of Richmond. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 
Emily Wilson '01BS/N was 
united in marriage to George Smith 
III on September 22. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 



Donnie Royal ' 26 M D ofSalem- 
burg, NC in July. His wife of 68 years, 
Dorothy Royal said "I want to tell you 
that he loved life, and was looking 
forward to reaching 100. . . Oh, how 
much he longed to do so!" He was 98. 
The three primary passions of his life 
were playing checkers, the stock mar- 
ket and practicing medicine. 


*Roy Beard '31BS/P ofErwm, 
TN on July 25, 2001. He was a phar- 
macist for over 50 years. Beard was 93. 


Dr. James Priest 75DDS 

Back On His Feet: Dr. James Priest 75DDS 

is an inspiration in his struggle to recover from a debilitating disease 

By Holly Timberline 


n "Virginia boy," Dr. James Priest '75DDS 

chose to stay local and attend VCU's School 
of Dentistry, even after being accepted at a 
prestigious out-of-state university. What 
kept him at VCU was the chairman of the 
department of oral and maxillofacial surgery 
(OMS), Dr. Elmer Bear. "I highly respected 
him. . .He was a powerful individual and an 
excellent chairman," Priest explains, recalling 
that he was also somewhat of a father figure 
too. If someone from another department 
attacked or criticized a student "[Bear] 
would protect you to the hilt. He'd chew you 
out behind closed doors if you were wrong, 
but not in public." He engendered loyalty in 
his students. "A lot of people didn't like him. 
He was blunt and gruff and to the point. But 
the residents under him loved him." 

Priest completed his OMS residency in 
1979 and by mid- July 1998 was batting a 
thousand. His near 20-year practice as an 
oral maxillofacial surgeon was thriving. He'd 
been happily married to his high school 
sweetheart since 1971, and they'd almost 
finished raising their three sons (22, 18 and 
15 at the time). The eldest boy, Berkley, was 
away at college. The younger two, Reagan 
and Michael, were baseball nuts like their 
dad, and Priest spent his free hours on the 
field as their coach. 

Then strangely enough, his life changed 
dramatically when he caught a minor stomach 
bug. It was a run-of-the-mill virus, Priest 
recalls, and several other coaches and players 
contracted it, too. They recovered fine. But 

Priest suddenly found himself in 
a whole new ballgame. 

Guillian-Barre (pronounced 
gee-YAN-bah-RAY) Syndrome 
(GBS) is a disorder in which a 
person's own antibodies attack 
and damage part of the nervous 
system, causing weakness and 
often paralysis. The syndrome 
can affect anybody, of any age, 
but is often linked to recent 
respiratory or gastrointestinal 
viral infections. 

On Wednesday morning, 
July 15 — a few days after falling 
ill — Priest's legs buckled when 
he climbed out of bed. He went 
to work, but by his second surgery, he was 
having trouble holding his instruments. By 
afternoon, Priest couldn't navigate the two 
steps up to his house, and his sons had to 
carry him inside. By four o' clock, he 
couldn't even manage his pajamas: "My 
thumb just slipped off the elastic," he recalls. 

A diagnosis of GBS was confirmed the 
following afternoon, as the paralysis contin- 
ued working its way up Priest's body. (GBS 
typically strikes the lower extremities first, 
then works its way up.) He was placed in 
the ICU and put on a ventilator since the 
disorder was interfering with his breathing. 
By Saturday, he was completely paralyzed 
except for his left eye. 

His medical background and his strong 
Christian faith helped him focus on the pos- 
itive. "If you have to have a neurological 
disease, this is the one to have," he says. He 
knew that 75 percent of GBS sufferers recover 
well, if not completely. That meant the odds 
were in his favor for getting a good return of 
function. But there was a long road ahead: 
Priest spent the next two months in the ICU, 
communicating only by blinking his left 
eye — once for yes, "twice" for "no." To help 
him convey words, his wife, Mary, would go 
through the alphabet one letter at a time, 
and he'd blink at the right letter. 

Priest was treated with two standard ther- 
apies for GBS, plasmapheresis and high dose 
immunoglobulin therapy, and finally, around 
Labor Day, some recovery began. He was 

taken off the respirator and sent to a rehabili- 
tation unit at Duke University. Recovery 
happens in reverse of how the disorder 
strikes, so Priest relearned how to raise his 
arms and feed himself before using his legs. 
"They finally stood me up right after Christ- 
mas," he recalls. Recovery continued, but 
progress was slow. That summer, a full year 
after the onset of GBS, Priest was still in a 
wheelchair. "That probably was the most 
depressing point of the whole illness," he says. 
"I hit a year, and I'm still sitting in this chair." 

Priest's faith made a critical difference 
for him at this point. As he explains it, he 
decided to give up on his own timetable and 
go by God's instead. "For the first time, I sat 
down and said [to God], 'Okay, my time 
schedule is obviously not yours.' I literally 
made peace with it." 

Krista Leake, a physical therapist at Halifax 
Regional Hospital who worked with Priest 
during his recovery, says, "He did a lot to 
help bring other patients' spirits up. . . . 
You knew he was going through something 
terrible, but he had a great attitude." 

Last fall, that same attitude led Priest to 
inquire about resuming a once-a-month gig 
he'd had previously with VCU, with one 
exception: Now, instead of teaching, he'd 
serve as an intern. Priest hoped this endeavor 
would help him ascertain whether working 
again was feasible. 

It was: In January 2001, he returned to 
his own practice. Though he is still essentially 
paralyzed below the knees, his other muscles 
compensate well and he is able to walk and 
do his job with no problem. He works full 
time now — with a lot more understanding 
of what it feels like to be the patient. 

And of course, Priest's commitment 
to America's favorite pastime is as strong 
as ever. This past summer, he coached on 
his feet, out of his wheelchair, leaning on a 
bat for support. His young players may be 
headed for the major leagues down the road. 
But it's clear that Dr. James Priest is already 
a champion. 

Holly Timberline is an award-winning local 
feature writer and editor. 

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Thomas Bradshaw '35DDS 

of Blackstone, VA on August 4, 2001. 
Bradshaw was in private dental practice 
for 55 years when he retired in 1990. 
He also found time to serve on the 
State Board of Dental Examiners for 
10 years and was elected vice presi- 
dent and president of the American 
Association of Dental Examiners. 
Bradshaw was 90. 
Madge Cole '36BS/N of 
Harrisonburg, VA on September 20, 
2001 . Cole was a registered nurse for 
Presbyterian Hospital in New York 
many years. Cole was 89. 
Marian Machen '37BS/N of 
Annapolis, MD on June 19. 
Richard Neale '36MD ofDue 
West, SC. 

Joseph Parker '31DDS ofVir- 
ginia Beach, on April 22. He was 93. 

Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year 


AS Associate's Degree 

C Certificate 

B G S Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA/MFA Bachelor/Master of Fine 

BSW/MSW Bachelor/Master of 

Social Work 
Diet Dietetic Intern 
DPHA Doctor of Pharmacy 
HS House Staff 
M E d Master of Education 
MPH/DPH Master, Doctor of Public 

MHA Master of Health 

M/DPH Master, Doctor of 

Public Health 
MSHA Master of Science in Health 

MSNA Master of Science in Nurse 

PhD Doctor of Philosophy 


A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

CLS Clinical Laboratory 

G Gerontology 

HA Health Administration 

NA Nurse Anesthesia 

OT Occupational Therapy 

PC Patient Counseling 

PT Physical Therapy 

RC Rehabilitation Counseling 

RS Radiation Sciences 
B Business 
D Dentistry 
E Education 
En Engineering 
H&S Humanities and Sciences 
M/M-BH Medicine/Med-Basic 

Health Sciences 
MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 

NTS Nontraditional Studies 
P Pharmacy 

St.P St. Philip School of Nursing 
SW Social Work 

James Phillips Jr. '33MD 

of Newport News, VA on August 4, 
2001. He practiced ophthalmology 
for many years. Phillips was 94. 
Hazel Polster '38BS/N of 
Salem, VA on January 8, 2001. 
Stanley Powell '32MD of 
Portsmouth, VA on September 27, 
2001 at the age of 94. Powell made 
history in Cradock by operating one 
of the longest medical practices, 63 
years. During WWII he received a 
Special Certificate of Appreciation 
from President Lyndon Johnson. 
E. Ling Shiuh '39MD ofFresno, 
CA on October 8, 2001. 
George Trakas '39DDS of 
Garden City, NY on June 3, 2001 . 


William Alexander '42DDS 

of Hopewell, VA on March 22, 2001. 
James Choate '42MD of 
Bethesda, MD. 
John Compton Jr. '45MD of 

Goldsboro, NC on October 27, 2001. 
Compton was a retired radiologist 
with Wayne Radiology. He was 80. 
Mary Coulter '47BS(MT)/AH 
of Midlothian, VA on January 8. 
Ruth Cox '42BS/P ofGreens- 
boro, NC on January 4, 2000 and her 
husband, William Cox '42MD 
on December 1, 1998. 
Fletcher Dorsett '41MD of 
Winston-Salem, NC on June 17. He 
was 86. 

Doris Gravatt '47BS/N ofMil- 
ford, VA on June 2 1 , 2001 . She was 75. 
George Green '48DDS of 
Brookneal, VA on February 20, 2000. 
"Owen Gwathmey '45MD of 
Aylett, VA on September 25, 2001 . 
Gwathmey was a pioneer in thoracic 
and cardiovascular surgery, he prac- 
ticed for over 30 years. Gwathmey 
served as Governor from Virginia 
for the American College of Chest 
Surgeons. He was also a founding 
member of the Society of Thoracic 
Surgeons and served for many years 
on the Board of Visitors of Virginia 
Commonwealth University. In 1995 
he was inducted into the University 
of Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame 
for Track and Field. He was 81. 
Donald Hines '49Cert(0T)/AH 
'56BS(OT)/AH ofRichmond, 
on December 13, 2001. He retired 
as chief of the Occupational Therapy 
Department with McGuire's Veterans 

Samuel "Ben" Judy '48MD 
of Franklin, NC on December 8, 
2001. He practiced family medicine in 
Clarksville, VA for 44 years prior to 

his semi-retirement in 1992. He con- 
tinued to practice in Haywood County, 
Sylva, and Franklin for the past 9 
years. Judy was the first scholarship 
football player from Virginia Tech to 
attend medical school. He was 97. 
•Dorothy Lefler '43BS/N of 
Tazewell County, VA on June 22. 
Lefler was a past president of the Florida 
Nursing Association. She was 83. 
Robert Meyers '48HS-M of 
Ottumwa, IA on November 7, 2000. 
J. Warren Montague '41 HS 
ofRichmond, on October 24, 2001. 
Montague received numerous awards 
in his life including three bronze stars 
in WWII, and five medals in his life- 
long interest of swimming. He was a 
dedicated volunteer at McGuire Veter- 
ans Hospital. Montague was associate 
clinical professor at MCV for 30 years 
while maintaining a private ear, nose 
and throat practice. Montague was 89. 
Welford Ross '46DDS ofChar- 
lottesville, VA on October 7, 2000. 

William Booher Jr. '57MD 

of Wellsburg, WV on December 4, 
1999. He was in family practice for 
over 40 years. He was a third generation 
family practice physician in the area. 
Harry Brown Jr. '51BS/P of 
Raleigh, NC on October 29, 2001. 
Mary Jane Hilling Carter 
'52BS/N of Newport News, VA on 
September 18, 2001. Carter was a reg- 
istered nurse for many years, working 
for Hampton General Hospital and 
the Hope Center. Carter was 69. 
"William Crittenden Jr. '56DDS 
of Gloucester, VA on July 19. Critten- 
den was in dental practice for 35years 
until his retirement in 1991. He 
served on many board and organiza- 
tions including the MCV Alumni 
Association Board and the Richmond 
Dental Society. Crittenden was 75. 
S. James Cutler '58MS/H on 
August 16 in Staunton, VA. As director 
of the VCU Department of Clinical 
Audiology from 1953 to 1978, he 
founded and directed the first pre- 
school program for the deaf in Virginia. 
George Foresman '52BS/P of 
Blacksburg, VA on September 20. He 
owned and operated the Giles Clinic 
Pharmacy in Pearisburg for many 
years and then the Gables Pharmacy 
for over twenty years. At the time of 
his death, he was a relief pharmacist 
for CVS Pharmacy, as well as donating 
his time as the registered pharmacist 
for the Free Clinic of New River 
Valley. He was a master gardener. 
Foresman was 76. 



Norman Ende '47MD and Milton Ende '43MD 

The Ende Brothers: Original Pioneers in Cord Blood Research 

By Joan Tupponce 

I ou can bet that Drs. Norman Ende '47MD 
and Milton Ende '43MD have been watching 
the debate about embryonic stem cells with 
great interest. The brothers, both graduates 
of the University of Richmond and Virginia 
Commonwealth University's Medical College 
of Virginia, wrote about their work with 
cord blood in 1972 in The Virginia Medical 
Monthly. Their research from the 60s and 
early 70s was later recognized in the Scien- 
tific American. 

They used a series of eight transfusions 
consisting of 30 to 85 ml of umbilical cord 
blood to establish a hematopoietic trans- 
plant in a patient with acute lymphoblastic 
leukemia who was receiving conventional 
therapy. Their summary of the results: 

"Fetal blood was successfully utilized in 
establishing a hematopoietic transplant in 
a leukemic patient. This method has not 
been previously attempted. Only a relatively 
small number of donor cells was necessary 
to establish the temporary allograft. Poten- 
tially, this method of utilizing cord blood 
could greatly reduce those problems which 
are related to the obtaining of an adequate 
number of donor cells. Further, by making 
many donors readily available to the recipient, 
enhanced opportunity is rendered for the 
host to select the most compatible donor. 
The utilization of cord blood could establish 
an easy technique for the study of 
hematopoietic transplants." 

"We stumbled on one of the laws of 
nature," Milton says. "Umbilical cord 
reproducing itself and giving you a new 
immune system. We knew we had done 
something unique." 

During their work, the Endes relied on 
each other, just like they have done since 
their childhood. Both interested in science, 
the brothers chose the same career path — 
medicine. Milton made his career choice 
at the age of six when he became ill. "My 
mother waited all night to see the doctor," 
he remembers. "I was impressed that she 
was waiting for him. When the woman 
next door was sick, she was waiting for the 
doctor, as well. Everyone was waiting for 
him. That's when I knew what I wanted to 
be, a doctor." 

Norman's decision came later. "I was 
greatly influenced by my brother, who was 

five years older" he says, laughing. The two, 
children of immigrants, were setting a new 
standard for the family. "Our father ran a 
country store in Petersburg and our mother 
helped him," Norman says. "Today, all their 
grandchildren are doctors." 

As the brothers entered early adulthood, 
they were touched by the war. During 
Milton's first year at MCV, all the residents 
were inducted into the Army, leaving the 
younger students with much to do. "[Then 
after our senior year] we were thrown into 
the front line of medicine very abruptly," 
Milton recalls. 

Even though times were difficult, Milton 
has fond memories of his time at MCV. "It 
was just remarkable," he says. During his 
senior year, he was inducted into the Army 
— he learned military courtesy at Camp Lee 
and then returned to school to finish his 
training. By the time he finished his intern- 
ship, he was a 1st Lieutenant. 

Norman's path was a little different. 
After going to the Quantico Naval hospital 
where he became "an expert in cleaning 
bathrooms," he went to medical school as 
a Naval Cadet. He wasn't re-called to duty 
until Korea. 

Milton opened his practice in Petersburg 
more than 50 years ago. An internist, Milton 
saw his patient load increase significantly in 
a short time. At the same time, he noticed he 
was seeing a growing number of terminal 
malignancy cases. "It was frustrating," he 
says. "I wondered why I didn't see babies 
and teens with cancers." That's when Milton 
began to ponder the benefits of using cord 
blood in terminal cancer patients. And so, 
the study began. 

After graduating, Norman went into 
pathology. Today, he works as a professor of 
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at 
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. 

Milton and Norman worked together in 
the studies they conducted regarding cord 
blood. "I would come home frequently and 
Milton would show me his data," Norman 
says. "I was involved in transplantations at 
Vanderbilt. I didn't feel we had enough hard 
information [at first] so we set up another 
case. That one, a leukemia patient, seemed 
to show a total change in blood type." 

Milton will never forget sending blood 
samples to his brother during a time when 
there was no Federal Express on which to 
rely. "I had a woman who would take the 
blood to the airport and put it on the plane," 
Milton says. "I would then call my brother 
and tell him what plane the sample was on. 
If we lost one sample, we lost months of 
work." On one occasion, Norman called to 
say there was no sample aboard the plane. 
Milton and his team found the sample lying 
on the runway. "It had fallen off the cart," 
he says. They were able to retrieve the sample 
and send it to Norman, thus completing 
the study. 

According to the Endes, the cells in cord 
blood are similar to embryonic stem cells. 
"Cord blood could probably do everything 
embryonic stem cells can do," Norman says. 
The brothers believe cord blood is ready to be 
used with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's 
and radiation recovery. "It will change the 
course of medicine," Norman says, noting 
that researchers from Harvard Medical 
School presented the results of a study 
showing stem cell transplantation improved 
survival in transgenic ALS mice at the 12th 
International Symposium on ALS/MND in 
November 2001. 

You may suspect that the Endes' work 
with cord blood would be their proudest 
moment, but that's not the case. What are 
they most proud of? Their children. "My 
two sons, Fred [Ende '78MD] and Mark 
[Ende '81MD], are doctors and are in 
practice with me," Milton says. 

"My daughter Leigh is a hand surgeon," 
Norman says. "I'm very proud of her." 

Joan Tupponce is an award-winning writer 
residing in Richmond. A staff writer at Capital 
One, she also writes for MD News, the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch and Richmond Magazine. 

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William Harper '56MD of 

Phoenix, AZ. 

Jean Harris '55MD ofEden 
Prairie, MI on December 14, 2001. 
Harris was a woman of firsts. She was 
the first African American student to 
graduate from MCV, and the state of 
Virginia's first woman and first African 
American to serve in the gubernatorial 
Cabinet. Her professional career 
included serving as chief of the City 
Department of Health's Bureau of 
Resources Development in DC, and 
as director of the National Medical 
Association Foundation while com- 
muting to Los Angeles to serve as 
assistant clinical professor of family 
practice at Charles R. Drew Post-grad- 
uate Medical School. Harris also was 
a faculty member for Howard and 
Johns Hopkins Universities, the Uni- 
versity of California at Los Angeles 
and MCV. She retired in 1998 as first 
senior associate director and director 
of medical affairs at the University of 
Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. At the 
time of her death, Harris was mayor of 
Eden Prairie, Minn., she was 70. 
William Holladay Jr. '52MD 
of Marietta, GA on May 17, 2001. 
Rudolph Gurley '53BS/P of 
Norfolk, VA in October. 

"Charles Mangano '52BS/P 

of Callao, VA on November 3, 2001. 
Mangano owned and operated Callao 
Drug for 36 years until his retirement in 
1988. He was a linguist and spoke four 
languages fluently. Mangano was 78. 
Nathan Safian '59MD ofLoma 
Linda, CA on October 9, 2001. He 
practiced medicine for almost 40 
years and Safian was the first medical 
specialist in Placentia, CA. He was 65. 
"Henry Spencer '53MD of 
Mechanicsville, on October 2, 2001. 
He practiced medicine for 43 years. 
Spencer was very active on many 
boards and organizations including the 
MCVAA board of trustees. He was 79. 
Charles Wells '57MD of Eliza- 
bethan, TN on May 30, 2000. Wells 
was a family practice physician for 37 
years. He was very active with the Boy 
Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle 
Scout as a youth and was awarded the 
Silver Beaver award as an adult leader. 
Wells was 67. 

Frances Tucker Hoffman 
Wells '50Cert/N ofRichmond, 
on July 30, 2001. Wells was employed 
for over 28 years as a public health 
nurse. She was 90 years old. 
"Louis Wilkerson '52MD of 
Raleigh, NC on April 25, 2001. 

Clarence Ushela '51Cert(PT)/AH 

of Green Valley, AZ on September 21. 

"James Ghaphery '60MD of 

Richmond, on June 9. 

Owen Graves '67DDS ofHar- 

risonburg, VA on August 3, 2001. 
George "Hooti" Johnson '60MD 

of Richmond. Johnson was a neuro- 
surgeon with Chippenham Medical 
Center and Johnston-Willis Medical 
Center, and was in private practice for 
over 30 years. 

Reuben McBrayer '67MD 
Charlotte Wynn Pollard '60BS/N 
ofRichmond, on August 22, 2001. 
Pollard was the first African American 
nurse to be accepted at MCV in 1952. 
Pollard was a registered nurse and 
worked with psychiatric patients. She 
helped write the psychiatric rotation 
curriculum for the nursing school at 
John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds 
Community Colleges. Pollard was 66. 
Roger Robinson 67BS/P of 
Burke, VA at 51. 

"James Williams '63MHA 
(H&HAJ/AH of Roanoke, VA on 
August 16, 2001. Williams was the 



Jean Louise Harris '55MD, MCV's 
first black medical school graduate 
and the state's first woman and first 
African American to serve in a 
gubernatorial cabinet, died December 
14 of lung cancer in She was 70. 

Harris, Virginia's secretary of 
human resources from 1978 to 1982, 
found her courage to dream from 
her father, a physician. After becoming MCV's first black 
graduate from the School of Medicine in 1955, she did an 
internship and residency in internal medicine at MCV 
and continued her residency at the University of 
Rochester. Harris moved to Washington, D.C., where 
she practiced medicine and served as chief of the city 
department of health's Bureau of Resources Development. 
She then served as director of the National Medical Asso- 
ciation Foundation in California where she also was 
assistant clinical professor of family practice at Charles 
R. Drew Post-Graduate Medical School. 

In 1973, Harris became the first black faculty member 
on Virginia Commonwealth University's MCV Campus, 
where she was professor of family practice and director of 
the medical school's community health center program. 

She served as secretary of human resources under Gov. 
John Dalton. In 1982, she became one of the first female 
vice presidents of a Fortune 500 company, Control Data 
Corp. in Bloomington, Minn. She retired in 1998 as first 
senior associate director and director of medical affairs 
at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. 

Harris received a distinguished service award from 
the National Governors' Association in 1981. Among 
her many other awards and honors, she was named one 
of the Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women 
by Dollars & Sense magazine. In 1990 she unsuccessfully 
ran for Minnesota lieutenant governor, and upon her 
death, she was mayor ofEden Prairie, Minn., a booming 
suburb of the Twin Cities. 

The MCV Alumni Association presented Harris with 
the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award in 1994. In 
1993, VCU established the Jean L. Harris Scholars program 
in the School of Medicine for minority honors students. In 
2000, she endowed a scholarship at the MCV Foundation 
for an entering African-American medical student. 

"I found Jean Harris to be a bright, charming and 
courageous person," said R.B. Young '53BS/P'57MD. 
"As the first black medical student, she must have faced 
many challenges. She was an excellent physician with 
outstanding leadership abilities and was very well 


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senior vice president of Carilion 
Health Systems. Williams was 72. 
Tatsuo Yoneyama '61HS-M 
of Roanoke, VA in May. 


Janet Boettcher '74MS/N of 

Radford, VA on January 12, 2002. 
"Her optimism, faith and determina- 
tion were an inspiration for students, 
friends and family," as stated in her 
obituary. She worked as an instructor 
at Richmond Memorial Hospital 
School of Nursing, where she was 
also coordinator of the parent-child 
nursing program. At the time of her 
death, Boettcher had been the director 
of the School of Nursing at Radford 
University since 1992. She was 56. 
John Earnhardt '76PhD 
(P&D/M-BH of Salisbury, NC 
on June 28, 2001. Earnhardt sent 
much of his research on the dynamics 
of neurotransmissions. He received 
many awards from the National 
Institutes of Health, the Pesticide 
Control Board of the State of Maine 
and NATO's Advanced Study of 
Molecular Mechanisms of Central 
and Peripheral Vascular Resistance. 

Earnhardt collaborated with a Nobel 
Prize-winner. He was 52. 
•Kenneth Gray '70MD ofRan- 
cho Santa Fe, CA on January 6, 2002. 
He practiced medicine in San Diego 
and was a founding partner of the 
Doctors Care Medical Group where he 
worked until his death. Gray was 57. 
Ronald McCord '75MS 
(M&D/M-BH of Johnson City, TN 
on July 15, 2001. McCord was 52. 
Jon Osborne '73BS/P on 
September 26, 2001. 
Roberta Perdue '70BS/N 
'77Cert(NP)/N of Richmond in 

Richard Shomo '73BS/N 
'78MS/N of Richmond on August 
8. Shomo was one of the first men 
to go through the nursing program 
at VCU. His career in health care 
spanned nearly 30 years, including 
12 years as president and CEO of 
Central Virginia Ambulance Services 
and executive director of Rescue Inc. 
He also served as adjunct faculty for 
VCU. Shomo was 50. 
Paul "Chip" Wheeler Jr. '72BS/P 
'76DDS of Portsmouth, VA on 
November 13. Friends and family say 
he never met a stranger and easily made 

new friends who grew to love and 
respect him almost immediately. One 
of his favorite past-times was joining 
friends at the local coffee shop for 
good conversation and espresso. 
Wheeler was 53. 

Cathy James '85MS/N 
'95Cert(NP)/N of Richmond, on 
October 17. James was the recipient 
of many awards including induction 
into the American Academy of Nurs- 
ing, the most prestigious society in 
the field of nursing. She specialized 
in reproductive endocrinology and 
infertility nursing for 20 years. She 
was the founder of the Nurses' Pro- 
fessional Group of the American 
Society for Reproductive Medicine. 
James also published extensively and 
was the first U.S. nurse to be named 
to the international lectureship in 
reproductive endocrinology and 
infertility nursing. Friends and peers 
alike knew her as a true "renaissance 
woman." She was 49. 
Clayton McManaway '86BS/N 
of Salem, VA. 

respected by all who knew her. She was utterly devoted 
to promoting good health care for all people but partic- 
ularly medical care for the underprivileged." 


Charlotte Anne Pollard '60BS/N 

was the first African American to 
earn a nursing degree from MCV. 
Pollard, in remission from breast 
cancer for 2 1 years, lost her battle 
after the illness returned as lung and 
brain cancer. She died in Richmond 
on August 18 at age 66. 

Pollard gained admission to 
MCV just three years after the U.S. Supreme Court out- 
lawed segregated public schools in 1954. While she took 
classes on the MCV campus, she was housed with nurses 
attending the all-black St. Philip's School of Nursing. 
Betsy Bampton '60BS/N, part-time faculty in the 
VCU School of Nursing, had known Pollard since they 
attended nursing school together. "She was a very upbeat 
person, positive about life and people. Especially during 
her bout with cancer, she remained upbeat and full of 
life," she said. "As a student at MCV in those days, it 
wasn't easy for her, but she was the type of person who 
would just grin and bear it." 

Bampton learned long after they graduated that 
Pollard worked very hard in school to raise money for 
the senior dance, which was being held at the Richmond 
Mosque. "She did this knowing she would never be 
allowed to attend, because in those days black people 
weren't allowed in the Mosque. That's the kind of per- 
son she was." 

A registered nurse, Pollard taught and developed 
the psychiatric curriculum at John Tyler and J. Sargeant 
Reynolds community colleges during the 1970s and 80s. 
In 1985, she started her own business, Health Unlimited, 
where she spoke to groups about stress management, 
holistic health and lifestyle management. She worked in 
psychiatric nursing at Charter Westbrook for more than 
10 years, and most recendy worked in home health care 
for psychiatric patients. 

A Richmond native, she graduated valedictorian 
from high school and won a scholarship to Wheaton 
College. She returned to Richmond and attended Vir- 
ginia Union University for a year before going to MCV. 
She earned her master's degree in psychiatric nursing at 
the University of Maryland in 1974. Pollard was a dea- 
coness at First African Baptist Church, where she was 
senior choir member and Sunday school musician. 

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Heralded around the world for her work in 
reproductive endocrinology and infertility nursing, 
Cathy A. James '95Cert(NP)/N '85MS/N died 
October 17 after a two-month battle with cancer. 
She was 49. James was the first nurse in the U.S. 
to be named to the international lectureship in 
her field. She won the "REI Nurse of the Year" 
honor, and she was a recent inductee into her 
field's most prestigious organization, the 
American Academy of Nursing. 
"She was one of those people who made others feel really good 
about themselves," said Dr. Judith Lewis, associate professor and 
director of information technology at the VCU School of Nursing, 
who was James' colleague and good friend for eight years. "Other 
people's welfare was just so important to her. She was brilliant, kind, 
caring and modest. I don't think that many people know how 
famous she was in her field." 

Lewis recalls that just before James passed away, Lewis thanked 
her for being so kind to her and so many others. "She said to me, 
A lot of people have been telling me this, and I just don't under- 
stand. It's really simple. It's just the right thing to do.'" Lewis said, 
"and that's just how she lived her life, without giving it a second 
thought, she paid attention to people and details in a way that made 
the world a better place to live in." 

James' career spanned 26 years, 10 of which she spent as nurse 
coordinator and clinical specialist for the in vitro fertilization pro- 
gram at Virginia Commonwealth University's MCV Hospitals. She 
was widely published and lectured around the world. In Richmond, 
she founded the Nurses' Professional Group of the American Society 
for Reproductive Medicine, where she also created a certification 
exam. After earning her own post-master's certification, she became 
a women's health nurse practitioner and joined Commonwealth 
Physicians for Women in 1997 as the practice's infertility expert. 


Henry S. Spencer '53MD, longtime member of 
the MCV Alumni Association and retired Rich- 
mond physician, died October 2. Dr. Spencer 
served on the MCVAA board for many years and 
had planned to act as board secretary this year 
before his death. 

An Old Church, Va., resident upon his death, 
Spencer received his undergraduate degree at 
Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN, 
and his medical degree from MCV in 1953. He did his internship and 
residency in radiology in Washington, D.C. A member of the 8th Air 
Force during World War II, Spencer flew 35 combat missions over 
Germany in a B17. He practiced medicine in Richmond for more 
than four decades. 

Frances Kay '59BS/N had known Spencer since the 1960s when 
she joined the MCV Alumni Association. She recalled a man who 
was "the most generous person I've ever known." This generosity, 
Kay said, crossed over to all areas of his life. "He was always available 
if you needed help. When my daughter was quite ill, we were trying 
to get her to Yale for her treatment, but she needed a potent antibiotic 
before we could leave. I called Dr. Spencer very late that night, and 
he was there for us without hesitation." 

Spencer's philanthropy extended beyond medicine and his 
friends. He served on the fund-raising committee for the construction 

of the MCV Campus Alumni House and was a generous supporter 
for that and various other causes around the medical campus. 
Spencer also was an ardent supporter of his alma mater Lincoln 
Memorial University and Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Old 
Church, Va. 

"He was an excellent fundraiser," recalls Kay, "because he really 
believed in any cause he took to task. He could get you to give money 
even if you didn't have it to give, but he would never ask you to support 
anything he wouldn't support himself." 


Doris Beaumont Yingling died January 3 at Tryon Estates, Columbus, 
NC. She was dean emerita of Virginia Commonwealth University's 
School of Nursing. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Yingling attended 
Goucher College, graduated from the Union Memorial Hospital 
School of Nursing in Baltimore and subsequently earned a BS degree 
at the University of Oregon and master's and doctoral degrees at the 
University of Maryland. She established the University of Nevada in 
Reno's first school of nursing in 1956. She later served 23 years as 
dean at VCU, retiring in 198 1 . 

During her tenure at VCU, the school and faculty enjoyed a period 
of dramatic growth. Dean Yingling was futuristic 
and competitive in her thinking and she wanted 
the students and faculty to excel. "Doris was a 
visionary leader who had the tenacity necessary 
to have the vision turned into plans and actions," 
said Nancy Langston, dean of the VCU School 
of Nursing. "While dean here she led the School 
to create many of the firsts in nursing in the 
Commonwealth, such as the first master's pro- 
gram in nursing in Virginia, the first director for 
nursing research in a school of nursing in Virginia, and she worked 
with the dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia 
to develop the first doctoral program in nursing in Virginia which 
was ultimately housed at UVa." At the time of her retirement, she 
was nationally recognized as having the longest tenure of any dean 
of a school of nursing. 

During the twenty years following her retirement she remained 
an ardent supporter and advocate for the School of Nursing, notes 
Langston. "She was very supportive of me during my time here as 
dean. In fact, at our first meeting together she gave to me a book 
(signed by the author) that she had used during her tenure as dean. 
She indicated that it helped her clarify her leadership and manage- 
ment style. She was a valuable colleague and supporter of the school 
and me in my role as dean of the school to which she gave so much 
of her professional career." 

A long-time benefactor, Yingling arranged, through estate plan- 
ning, for a future generous endowment gift for the School of Nursing. 

Yingling's leadership was a force locally and nationally as she 
worked to bring nursing into the mainstream of higher education. 
She was the only woman to serve on the Governor's Commission on 
Higher Education, 1964-66 and 1966-69. It was during the latter term 
that plans were put in place to merge the Medical College of Virginia 
and Richmond Professional Institute to form Virginia Common- 
wealth University. She was cited in Life Style magazine as one of 
Richmond's most powerful women and received a Resolution of 
Commendation for Leadership in Nursing Education in Virginia by 
the Virginia League for Nursing. In 1990 she received the Virginia 
Nurses' Association's Historical Award in recognition of her work to 
preserve the history of nursing. In 1999 she was honored once again 
by the VNA as a pioneer in nursing. In addition, she served on 
numerous planning committees for state, regional and national 



organizations including the National League for Nursing, the Southern 
Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Association of 
Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Yingling was the recipient of the Nancy 
Vance Memorial Award, the highest honor given by the Virginia 
Nurses Association, and recently the Medal of the Virginia Com- 
monwealth University Founders Society for her extraordinary service 
and contributions to the school. 

A memorial service for Dean Yingling will be held Friday, April 
26 at Monumental Church next to the VCU School of Nursing. 

Memorials may be made to the Doris B. Yingling Research 
Endowment Fund at MCV Foundation, PO Box 980234, Richmond, 
VA 23298. 

Farewell to four 
long-time faculty members 

After Dr. Edwin "Pinky" Smith retired in 1976 as the highest-ranking 
Army dentist, he joined VCU's dental school as an assistant professor 
of prosthodontics. Smith died June 19 of heart failure in Arlington. 
He was 85. Dr. Donald Crabtree, assistant professor of prosthodontics, 
also served in the U.S. military and knew of Dr. Smith by reputation 
before the two later met at VCU. "He's one of those people you really 
feel lucky to have known during your lifetime. There are some people 
you just know are leaders. He was one of them. He held himself with 
great confidence, and as a teacher he commanded respect." Smith's 
students voted him top professor three years in a row and also created 
the Edwin H. Smith student award in the dental school upon his 
retirement. A leader in his dental specialty of prosthodontics, Smith 
helped found his specialty organization, the American College of 
Prosthodontics, in 1970. 

Dr. J. Warren Montague, 30-year associate clinical professor on 
VCU's MCV Campus and chief of staff at Stuart Circle Hospital and 
Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital, died October 24 at age 89. Mon- 
tague, an eye, ear and throat specialist, did his residency at MCV in 
ophthalmology and otolaryngology. Soon after, he volunteered for 
World War II, achieved captain and won three Bronze Stars. He 
came to MCV in 1947 and also volunteered at McGuire Veterans 
Hospital for years. A lifelong swimmer, he won five medals in the 
Senior Olympics. 

Suffering from lifelong hearing and speech impairments, S. James 
Cutler '58MS/AH made it his life's work to help those in similar 
situations. After a frustrating childhood, Cutler got his first hearing 
aid when he was a student at New York University. He also worked at 
the New York School for the Deaf. As director of the VCU Department 
of Clinical Audiology from 1953 to 1978, he founded and directed 
the first preschool program for the deaf in Virginia. He later would 
become state coordinator for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in the 
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services. Cutler died at his 
daughter's Staunton, Va„ home August 16 at age 85. 

Russell H. Fiske began his career at MCV in 1940 as director of 
Hospital Pharmacy and dedicated 60 years of his life to the institution. 
He taught courses in the School of Pharmacy while he was a hospital 
director and later as an associate professor, stressing the importance 
of pharmacists working with physicians. "Russ was one of the pio- 
neers in having pharmacists involved and working in the wards," 
Dr. Warren Weaver, former director of the VCU School of Pharmacy 
told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Fiske was instrumental in estab- 
lishing hospital pharmacist positions throughout the state at a time 
when many hospital pharmacies were staffed with nurses. He also 
helped found the Virginia Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Retiring 
in 1981, he continued to give his time to VCU as a volunteer on the 
MCV Campus for another 20 years. 

Got an itch to get another degree, 
broaden your knowledge or expand 
your career options? 

Call us and find out what opportunities await you at VCU. 
The numbers for each program are listed below. 

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Occupational Therapy 
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School of Medicine 

Admissions Office 
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Continuing Medical Education 

School of Nursing 

Admissions Office 
Graduate Programs 

School of Pharmacy 

Graduate Programs 
Continuing Education 

Office of Admissions (Academic Campus) 
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Proposed amendments to the 
Bylaws of the MCV Alumni 
Association of VCU: 

■ can be found online at 

■ Copies can also be requested by calling the Alumni Office at 
(804) 828-3900 or (800) MCV-7799. 

■ Amendments will be voted on at the Association's Annual Meeting 
during Reunion Weekend on Saturday, April 27 at 12 noon at the 
Omni Richmond Hotel. 

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Commencement 2002 
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MCVAA Nursing Division Meeting 
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MCVAA of VCU Board of Trustees 
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Start your reunion weekend with your favorite foursome on the 
green! Once again your VCU Golf Team will host the event with 
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, and his partners at Golf Acquisitions Co. have generously donated 
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day. Four-Man Captain's Choice (make your own foursome or we will 
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